TORONTO (CBS) David Price made Rays’ history this afternoon by striking out 14 through seven innings to give Tampa Bay their third consecutive win in a 12-0 blowout against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The combination of dominant pitching by Price and an offensive onslaught by the Rays’ offense was the difference today and brought the Rays one game closer to completing the four-game sweep in Toronto.
Saying that Price was “in the zone” would be an understatement. His fourteen strikeouts matched a major league best this season, set by C.C Sabathia and Justin Verlander. To put his performance in perspective, Price had struck out 12 batters by the fifth inning.
To complement the heavenly feat reached by Price, Desmond Jennings had two homers from the lead-off spot and ended his day with four hits and three RBIs. It was his first multi-homer game, and it surely won’t be his last.
Jays’ starter Brandon Morrow was punished early and would never be able to recover. The Rays tacked on four runs in the second, thanks to an RBI double by John Jaso and back-to-back home runs from Jennings and Shaun Rodriguez.
With the score at 6-0 in the seventh, you would imagine the day couldn’t get any worse for the Blue Jays. But it did.
Tampa Bay added insult to injury by securing another six runs in the ninth to bring Toronto’s morale from bad to worse.
The win brings the Rays to 73-59, and they now trail New York by six games in the AL Wild Card race. The tides have turned for Tampa Bay, but there is still a lot of work to do.