The streaks are no more for the Tampa Bay Rays.
10-game losing streak...snapped.
16 games without a win for their starting pitcher...snapped.
100 straight at-bats without an RBI for Jose Molina...snapped.
Finally, the Rays put it all together to earn their first victory since May 25. LHP Erik Bedard was sharp through six innings, allowing only four hits and no runs with eight strikeouts. Offensively, the Rays stranded 15 runners on base, but their 2-12 with RISP was enough tonight.
Once again, Kevin Kiermaier provided a huge burst of energy in tonight as he added another two hits, including a hustle double on a hit that amounted to nothing more than a grounder up the middle. He continues to pump life into this team with his aggression in all three facets of his game: hitting, fielding and baserunning.
After a wild pitch, Kiermaier moved up to third before Jose Molina knocked him in on a sac fly for his first RBI on the season. In the fifth inning, a safety squeeze by Desmond Jennings that would make Don Zimmer proud, was executed perfectly as Jennings reached base and Evan Longoria scored. An RBI single by Yunel Escobar later in the inning, followed by a run off of a wild pitch in the seventh inning stretched the Rays' lead to 4-0.
Bedard was able to avoid trouble throughout much of the game. The only significant threat by the Mariners came in the third inning when they had runners on second and third base with no outs. The Rays lefty showed great, veteran composure by striking out the next three batters for Seattle and escaping the jam.
The Rays still have a long way to go to have a hope of playoff contention, but tonight's win, at least, will get the good vibes back in the clubhouse that they've so desperately needed.
Alex Cobb will take the mound for the Rays tomorrow as they look to start another streak of their own: a winning streak.
Ride that horse, Rays.