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Tampa Bay (42-28)000000010160

Padres' Latos riddles Rays, moves to 3-0 in interleague play

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mat Latos made a big impression on Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon.

The 22-year-old right-hander allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings and the San Diego Padres beat the Rays 2-1 on Tuesday night.

"I want to check his birth certificate. I don't think he's 22," Maddon said. "He's one of the better young pitchers I've seen. He has an incredible feel for what he's doing."

Latos (8-4) struck out eight - including his last five batters -- and walked one in improving to 7-1 over his last nine starts. He also has won all three of his interleague starts this season.

"It's not the first time I've had somebody ask for my birth certificate," Latos said. "I'm thankful that things have been going my way here as of late and I'm just trying to improve and get better as the year progresses."

Tampa Bay's Wade Davis (5-8) allowed two runs, four hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander, who has lost all four of his starts in June, threw 103 pitches.

"I've got to get it going again," Davis said. "I've had some bad times. This is definitely nothing to panic about. I feel good, the body feels good. My delivery's still good. It's just a couple of tweaks here and there we've got to make in the bullpen and keep on going."

The Rays are 10-16 since May 23, when they held a six-game lead in the AL East. Tampa Bay started Tuesday second in the division, a half-game behind the New York Yankees.

Chase Headley had an RBI infield single and Will Venable was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded as the NL West leaders went up 2-0 in the third. Davis threw 42 pitches during the inning, which included three walks.

The Rays got within 2-1 on John Jaso's one-out RBI single off Mike Adams in the eighth. After Jaso was called out for being hit by Carl Crawford's hard grounder between first and second, Heath Bell entered and got four outs for his 18th save in 21 chances.

It was Bell's first four-out save since Sept. 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Latos retired eight in a row before Jason Bartlett singled in the third. Evan Longoria had a fourth-inning single and Crawford singled in the sixth.

"I thought he threw the ball extremely well," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "As the game goes on and the outs for the opposition wind down, I think he senses that. I think he senses the importance of each pitch as the game enters the later stages and that's a great quality to understand that."

Latos has held opponents to four hits or fewer in six straight starts.

San Diego loaded the bases with two outs in the first, but failed to score when Scott Hairston hit a grounder to shortstop. The Padres were 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position against Davis.

Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez went 2 for 4, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. He has 31 hits in 73 at-bats during June. His last six hits have all been doubles.

Notes

  • Tampa Bay TV broadcaster Dewayne Staats called his 5,000th major league game.
  • San Diego C Yorvit Torrealba dropped his appeal and started serving a three-game suspension for making contact with an umpire.
  • Rays RHP James Shields, who snapped a personal five-game losing streak when he made his first career relief appearance at Florida last Saturday, will make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Padres. Shields pitched a scoreless 10th in a 9-8, 11-inning victory in which Tampa Bay used a club-record nine pitchers.
  • Adams had not given up a run in his previous 13 outings.
 
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Mat Latos gives up three hits in seven scoreless innings and improves to 7-1 in his past nine starts.  (AP)
Mat Latos gives up three hits in seven scoreless innings and improves to 7-1 in his past nine starts. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

M. Latos
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 8
Tampa Bay

J. Bartlett
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
San Diego Padres
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3110100 .234
David Eckstein, 2B3100100 .276
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4020012 .313
Nick Hundley, C3000123 .282
Chase Headley, 3B3011101 .260
Scott Hairston, LF3000114 .224
Will Venable, RF3001000 .230
Oscar Salazar, DH4000003 .217
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS4000010 .235
Totals3024255  
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (18, Davis, Davis)
RBI - Chase Headley (23), Will Venable (25)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Headley (10), Will Venable (6)
SB - Tony Gwynn Jr. 2 (12, 2nd base off Davis/Navarro, 3rd base off Davis/Navarro)
CS - Tony Gwynn Jr. (3, 2nd base by Davis/Navarro)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Nick Hundley (3)
San Diego Padres
Mat Latos (W,8-4) 7300180 2.93
Mike Adams (H,18) 0.2311000 2.45
Heath Bell (S,18) 1.1000120 2.12
WP - Mat Latos (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 101-62, Mike Adams 15-11, Heath Bell 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 3-10, Mike Adams 1-0
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 25, Mike Adams 4, Heath Bell 4
Tampa Bay Rays
John Jaso, DH-C4011001 .289
Carl Crawford, LF4020011 .310
Evan Longoria, 3B4010022 .303
Carlos Pena, 1B2000211 .198
    Sean Rodriguez, PR0000000 .260
Ben Zobrist, RF4000012 .302
B.J. Upton, CF4000032 .226
Reid Brignac, 2B3000010 .276
Dioner Navarro, C2000010 .210
   a- Hank Blalock, PH1000000 .268
Jason Bartlett, SS3120000 .232
Totals31161210  
a-grounded out for Navarro in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jason Bartlett (12, Adams)
RBI - John Jaso (25)
SB - Carl Crawford (25, 2nd base off Bell/Hundley)
CS - Sean Rodriguez (2, 2nd base by Bell/Hundley)
Team LOB - 5
Tampa Bay Rays
Wade Davis (L,5-8) 4.1422510 4.90
Andy Sonnanstine 2.1000020 3.57
Randy Choate 0.1000010 5.71
Dan Wheeler 2000010 3.42
HBP - Venable (by Wade Davis)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 103-58, Andy Sonnanstine 32-22, Randy Choate 7-5, Dan Wheeler 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 4-7, Andy Sonnanstine 4-1, Dan Wheeler 1-4
Batters Faced - Wade Davis 22, Andy Sonnanstine 7, Randy Choate 1, Dan Wheeler 6
Game Information
Attendance - 14650
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marty Foster