Shields Picks Up Shutout Win

By Bradley Walker, 1010 Sports

ST. PETERSBURG (CBS) The Rays continued to impress Tuesday night with a 4-0 shutout win with most of the dirty work being handled by Rays’ starter James Shields.

He went nine shutout innings, gave up five hits and struck out eight to pick up his eighth complete game win of the season.

Shields got off to a great start and over powered the Kansas City Royals’ offense the entire night. Royals pitcher Jeff Francis and Shields blew through the lineups so fast that Tampa Bay played the shortest game in Rays’ history tonight with a duration of 1:53.

It would be foolish to say that Tampa Bay is on a hot streak because of two wins against a below average team like the Royals, but their offensive has begun to show a pulse at Tropicana Field during this 10-game homestand.

Evan Longoria was the player to step up tonight for the Rays’ offense, similar to the way Casey Kotchman did the previous night with his game-winning homer in the ninth.

Longoria drove in two runs in the first inning and capped the Rays’ scoring when he homered in the sixth to drive in all four runs for the Rays and give Shields the support he needed to carry out the complete game win.

Tampa Bay could very well end this homestand with more wins than losses, only to head to New York on Friday to face an even tougher five-game stint with the Yankees and Red Sox.

With the win tonight the Rays took a 2-0 lead in the series with the Royals and improved to 61-54 on the season. Wade Davis gets the call tomorrow night to face the Royals in the third game of a best of four series.

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