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Bullpen stifles Giants to help Rays preserve win

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay bullpen came through on a day when the Rays' strong rotation had a hiccup.

Wil Myers homered and four relievers allowed one hit over 4 1/3 scoreless innings to help the Rays beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Sunday.

"Our offensive has been struggling a little bit lately, but I just think as a team our pitching has held us in the game," Myers said. "It gives a lot of confidence."

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.

"The guys are fantastic," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "The bullpen, they're going to be the best in the American League. I think they're close to that right now. A lot of good stuff out of the bullpen."

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. The Rays took 2 of 3 from the defending World Series champion Giants and improved to 11-0-2 in their last 13 series.

San Francisco, last in the NL West, has lost 10 of 14. Manager Bruce Bochy said lineup changes are likely forthcoming, with Pence or Marco Scutaro possibly moving to the leadoff spot.

"We're not getting any production from our leadoff hitters," Bochy said. "We're definitely going through a tough time and we're going to change things up here a little bit. We've talked about Pence going there. [Pence] says he's done it before, and Scutaro has experience there, and he's done a good job of it."

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.

Myers has been the Rays' most potent bat since the All-Star break, hitting .417 with five homers and 15 RBI.

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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Wil Myers blasts his eighth home run of the season as the Rays improve to 11-0-2 in their last 13 series. (USATSI)
Wil Myers blasts his eighth home run of the season as the Rays improve to 11-0-2 in their last 13 series. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

W. Myers
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

B. Crawford
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF3000012 .252
   a-Andres Torres, PH-CF2000010 .246
Marco Scutaro, 2B4120000 .310
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4010011 .266
Buster Posey, DH4021001 .310
Brandon Belt, 1B2100122 .258
Hunter Pence, RF4020004 .280
Roger Kieschnick, LF4110012 .286
Brandon Crawford, SS4012011 .273
Guillermo Quiroz, C3000001 .186
   b-Joaquin Arias, PH1000000 .291
Totals3539317  
a-grounded out for Blanco in the 7th
b-grounded out for Quiroz in the 9th
Batting
2B - Buster Posey (30, R. Hernandez), Hunter Pence (27, Peralta)
3B - Brandon Crawford (3, R. Hernandez)
RBI - Buster Posey (60), Brandon Crawford 2 (36)
Team LOB - 7
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Guillermo Moscoso 4.2433431 6.14
Jose Mijares (L,0-3) 1.1111200 2.87
Sandy Rosario 2100100 2.45
IBB - Zobrist by Jose Mijares
WP - Guillermo Moscoso 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Guillermo Moscoso 93-53, Jose Mijares 26-14, Sandy Rosario 33-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Guillermo Moscoso 1-10, Jose Mijares 2-2
Batters Faced - Guillermo Moscoso 22, Jose Mijares 7, Sandy Rosario 8
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Zobrist, 2B3100202 .276
Luke Scott, DH4000024 .250
Evan Longoria, 3B4011001 .268
Wil Myers, RF2112200 .329
James Loney, 1B4000003 .310
Yunel Escobar, SS3110101 .254
Matt Joyce, LF3010101 .239
Jose Molina, C4010013 .241
Sam Fuld, CF3111102 .198
Totals3046473  
Batting
HR - Wil Myers (8, Moscoso)
RBI - Evan Longoria (59), Wil Myers 2 (30), Sam Fuld (13)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (27), Wil Myers 2 (13), Sam Fuld (5)
SB - Sam Fuld (4, 2nd base off Moscoso/Quiroz)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - R. Hernandez-Zobrist-Loney
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roberto Hernandez 4.2833120 4.75
Alex Torres (W,4-0) 1.1000020 0.26
Jake McGee (H,21) 1000010 4.35
Joel Peralta (H,28) 1100010 2.89
Fernando Rodney (S,27) 1000010 3.74
HBP - Belt (by Alex Torres)
Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 75-49, Alex Torres 24-14, Jake McGee 16-11, Joel Peralta 13-9, Fernando Rodney 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 8-3, Alex Torres 2-0, Jake McGee 1-1, Joel Peralta 1-1, Fernando Rodney 1-1
Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 22, Alex Torres 5, Jake McGee 3, Joel Peralta 4, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34078
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Adam Hamari, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Joe West