ST. PETERSBURG (CBS) David Price had a win with his name on it last night as he continued to cruise with one hit allowed and a two-run lead through the first six innings, but in baseball, momentum can change in a split second.
This is what Price came to find out in the seventh, when he gave up a single and two walks to load the bases for the Baltimore Orioles. The O’s kept at it and put up another two runs in the seventh on J.J Hardy’s single to left field.
The Rays wouldn’t recover and went on to lose 3-2 at Tropicana Field Friday night. In defeat, the Rays fall to 74-63 on the season and sit nine games behind Boston in the AL Wild Card hunt.
A loss of this magnitude at home has got to be tough on Tampa Bay. Price was flawless through the first six, then got in to some trouble early and didn’t have enough run support to top the O’s late surge.
Baltimore lefty Zach Britton did his job last night, going six innings with four hits and two earned runs allowed. Evan Longoria hit a two-run double in the first, but two runs isn’t a comfortable enough lead.
Tampa Bay rallied in the seventh to load the bases for rookie Brandon Guyer, but he grounded to shortstop and was thrown out by half a step at first to end the game.
They’ve dropped four of their last five games, and have gained no ground on New York or Boston. It’s beginning to feel like Tampa Bay needs a miracle to make a huge leap for the playoffs in October.