Rays end 31-inning scoring drought, beat Cards 6-3
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Desmond Jennings had a two-run single during a four-run fourth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays snapped a club-record 31-inning scoring drought en route to beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Wednesday night.
Tampa Bay, which won for just the second time in 16 games, had been shut out in its previous three games. The Rays had scored 35 runs over the previous 15 games.
Yadier Molina had two RBIs for the Cardinals, who entered with three consecutive shutout pitching performances.
The Rays' big fourth inning came against Michael Wacha (4-5).
Matt Joyce had an RBI single, with a second run scoring when center fielder Peter Bourjos was charged with an error for misplaying the hit. After Wacha walked Yunel Escobar and Ryan Hanigan to load the bases, Jennings drove in two with a single.
Wacha allowed four runs, four hits and four walks in five innings. St. Louis pitchers had a scoreless streak of 30 innings end.
Bourjos was robbed of an extra-base hit with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth when right fielder Kevin Kiermaier made a full-extension diving catch on a liner.
Tampa Bay extended its lead to 6-3 in the seventh on Evan Longoria's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by James Loney.
Molina hit a two-run third-inning single before Matt Carpenter put the Cardinals ahead 3-0 on a run-scoring single in the fourth.
Rays starter Erik Bedard lasted just four innings, giving up three runs and eight hits. The left-hander entered with the best ERA (2.51) all-time in interleague play with at least 25 starts.
Juan Carlos Oviedo (2-2) went 1 1-3 inning for the win. Grant Balfour threw the final 2 1-3 innings for his 10th save.
NOTES: The Cardinals are optimistic that ace Adam Wainwright's right elbow discomfort is not a serious issue. He returned to St. Louis for tests . ... Former St. Louis manager and Tampa native Tony La Russa threw the ceremonial first pitch. He will be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame on July 27. ... Tampa Bay RHP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) will make his second rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Durham. He could rejoin the rotation at the end of the month. ... Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was given the neon back entrance sign from Derby Lane track that he drove by daily en route to the ballpark. The track was a favorite spot of Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer, who died last week at 83. "My head is spinning right now," said Maddon, when he first saw the sign outside the clubhouse. ... The Cardinals signed high school pitcher Ronnie Williams, their 2014 second-round draft pick.
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