The Rays opened interleague play this year with a series against the Cincinatti Reds. It was a battle of aces as David Price faced Johnny Cueto in Friday nights series opener. Tampa Bay was able to capitalize early against Cueto to grab a quick 1-0 lead that they would never relinquish. Price worked into the ninth inning but could not complete the game as Grant Balfour came on to save the the Rays 2-1 victory.
Matt Joyce continued to stay hot at the plate with a pair of hits including a solo home run in the third inning which gave the Rays a 2-0 lead. Price struck out ten hitters but in the ninth inning gave up a solo home run to Joey Votto cutting the leas to 1-run.
Grant Balfour came on for the Rays to close out the win and after walking the bases loaded, Balfour finally closed the door on a 2-1 Rays victory.
The team will look to secure a series win tomorrow as Alex Cobb takes the hill opposite Alfredo Simon with first pitch scheduled for 1:10PM. Coverage will begin on 620 WDAE with the Suncoast Hyundai Inside Pitch at 12PM.