Bullpen Keys Rays’ Win Over Giants
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wil Myers homered and four relievers allowed one hit over 4 1-3 scoreless innings to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Sunday.
Alex Torres (4-0) started the bullpen parade by replacing Roberto Hernandez with two outs in the fifth and struck out two over 1 1-3 innings. Jake McGee worked a perfect seventh and Joel Peralta left Hunter Pence stranded at second after a two-out double in the eighth before Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 27th save.
Tampa Bay took a 4-3 lead in the sixth on Sam Fuld’s hit against Jose Mijares (0-3) to help the Rays win for the 25th in 31 games.
Myers homered for the Rays, who took 2 of 3 from the defending World Series champion Giants and improved to 11-0-2 in their last 13 series.
Brandon Crawford drove in two with a triple off Hernandez as the Giants grabbed a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Evan Longoria, mired in an 0 for 19 slide, pulled the Rays even at 3 on a run-scoring single during the fifth.
Tampa Bay went up 2-1 when Myers hit a two-run shot off Guillermo Moscoso in the first. Buster Posey had put the Giants up 1-0 on an RBI single during the top of the inning.
It was Moscoso’s initial start this season, taking the place of Barry Zito, who was moved to the bullpen, and first since last Aug. 15 while with Colorado. The right-hander allowed three runs, four hits and four walks over 4 2-3 innings.
Hernandez gave up three runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings.
NOTES: Rays CF Desmond Jennings was out of the lineup due to a sprained left middle finger. … Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong (fractured right hand) allowed one run and five hits over six innings for Double-A Richmond. It hasn’t been decided if he will need one more rehab start. … Tampa Bay LHP Matt Moore, on the disabled list with elbow soreness, played catch. … Giants CF Gregor Blanco tripped and went down on a knee running back to the dugout after grounding out in the first. … Florida State University baseball coach Mike Martin threw a ceremonial first pitch. Posey played for the Seminoles.
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