The beat goes on for the Rays and it was their pitching that carried them once again. Rays pitching recorded 14 strikeouts as they knocked off the Brewers 5-1 on Tuesday night from Tropicana Field. The Rays (53-54) have now won 11 of their last 12 and they’re now 6-2 lifetime against the Brewers (59-49).
Milwaukee got on the board on a sacrifice fly from Scooter Gennett in the 5th inning to take a 1-0 lead. Rays starter Alex Cobb gave up a single and a walk to leadoff the inning. A Mark Reynolds sac bunt set up the sac fly by the Sarasota High School product.
Rays finally broke through against Matt Garza in the 6th when Ben Zobrist slugged a solo HR down the right field line to tie the game a 1-1. Rays took the lead in the 8th inning on an RBI double by Ben Zobrist. Sean Rodriguez walked and was moved to second on a sac bunt by Desmond Jennings. S-Rod went to 3rd to on a wild pitch. Logan Forsythe followed with a pinch-hit RBI double to make it 3-1. Rays added two more runs in the inning to pull away.
Cobb was sensational— 8 strong innings with just one run allowed and 12 strikeouts. He improves to 7-6 on the season. Grant Balfour worked a clean 9th inning to finish the job in a non-save situation. Will Smith took the loss in relief. Garza allowed just one run over 7 innings but he gets a no-decision.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Rays wrap up their series with the Brewers at the Trop. 11-7 David Price goes for the Rays against 5-5 Yovani Gollardo. Could it Price’s last start in a Rays uniform? The trade deadline is at 4pm on Thursday. Our coverage on 620am WDAE and 95.3FM begins at 11:30am.