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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Rays gain ground, win another series

Tommy Pham hits again, Tommy Pham gets hurt again.

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Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays have captured another series win on the road after last night’s victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Everything went well for Tampa Bay, with timely hitting and solid pitching. Seven Rays pitchers combined to shutout Toronto, holding them to just three hits on the night. Ryne Stanek started with a scoreless first. He was followed by Hunter Wood, who delivered two shutout innings of his own.

Jalen Beeks had the longest outing of any Rays pitcher, working 2 23 innings, holding the Blue Jays in check. Jose Alvarado recorded an out, Diego Castillo followed and worked two more scoreless innings. Adam Kolarek and Sergio Romo worked a scoreless 9th inning to close out the game.

On the offensive side of things, Tommy Pham had another multi-hit game, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. He had a single and triple during the effort, but would leave the game early due to a groin issue.

Wild Card Update

The Yankees defeated the Athletics last night, and the Mariners were done in by the Orioles, allowing the Rays to gain a game on both clubs.

As they stand now

  • Athletics - 83-57
  • Mariners - 77-62 - 5.5 GB
  • Rays - 75-63 - 7 GB

Rays News

“We’ll see how his career goes, but here’s a young guy that’s very mature at 17, and he has a smile on his face and plays every game like every game is the final game of the World Series,” said Mitch Lukevics, the Rays’ director of Minor League operations. “I call him ‘Wonderful Wander Franco’ for more reasons than him being the league MVP. It’s about who he is and how he goes about his business, and the wonderful person that Wander Franco is.”

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