Rays looked to bounce back from a tough series in Kansas City that ended in a snow out when they moved on to Denver to take on the Rockies. Tampa Bay sent Matt Moore to the hill in search of his sixth win but it was a rough start for Moore and the Rays.
The Rockies scored early and often, and it was a Michael Cuddyer two-run homerun that put Colorado ahead in the first inning. It didn't take long for the Rockies to add on as a Josh Rutledge solo blast in the second inning gave them a 3-0 lead.
Tampa Bay answered with some runs of their own when Ryan Roberts and Ben Zobrist hit back-to-back doubles scoring two runs for the Rays who trailed 3-2 after three innings. The Rays continued to climb back and after a Jose Lobaton double, Desmond Jennings extended the Rays home run streak with a two run homerun giving Tampa Bay a 4-3 lead. That is now seventeen consecutive games that the Rays have hit a home run.
Colorado would not trail for long as Nolan Arenado would double to plate Wilson Rosario and tie the game at 4-4. Matt Moore was not his normal self tonight, struggling with his command all night long. Moore threw 101 pitches with only 53 of them being strikes in five innings of work.
The Rays had chances with runners on base in the eighth and ninth inning but could not get the key base hit to give them the lead. However, the Rays bullpen was stellar pitching four shutout innings and giving Tampa a chance to win the game in extra innings.
Ben Zobrist started the tenth inning off with a double and Evan Longoria drove him in with a single to give the Rays a 5-4 lead. Tampa would not leave this game up for grabs as Kelly Johnson came to the plate and hit a two run homerun to give the Rays a 7-4 lead. Fernando Rodney came on to close the door as the Rays win game one of this three game series.
Rays will take on the Rockies again tomorrow in game two of the series. First pitch scheduled for 8:10 with pregame starting on 620 WDAE at 7:30.