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Milwaukee (60-49) «021001010590
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Gallardo, Brewers top Rays 5-0


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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers finally got timely hitting to go with their strong pitching.

Yovani Gallardo gave up four hits in seven innings, Martin Maldonado tied a career-high with four RBIs and the NL Central-leading Brewers avoided a three-game sweep by beating David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 Wednesday.

Gallardo (6-5) retired 13 in a row at one point, en route to moving past Ben Sheets into sole possession of fifth place on the Brewers career list with 87 wins.

''Command was great,'' Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

Maldonado also drove in four runs on Oct. 2, 2012 against San Diego.

Milwaukee had lost three in a row, getting outscored 9-2.

''We had to win this game, no doubt,'' Roenicke said.

Price (11-8), the subject of trade speculation heading into Thursday's deadline for non-waiver deals, had his bid to win a team-record seventh consecutive start dashed after allowing four runs and seven hits over seven innings. The left-hander shares the franchise mark of six straight wins with Matt Moore and Scott Kazmir.

Price said ''absolutely'' when asked if he expected to remain with the Rays.

''I'm playing golf (Thursday) and I keep my phone in my bag when I play golf,'' he said.

The Rays lost for just the second time in their last 13 games. A victory Wednesday would have lifted Tampa Bay (53-55) to .500 for the first time since late April.

Maldonado put the Brewers up 2-0 with a two-run single in the second, an inning that included two walks. It was just the second time this season Price walked a pair in the same inning.

''It's always good when you can score early against that guy,'' Maldonado said,

After Aramis Ramirez had a third-inning run-scoring single, Maldonado made it 4-0 when he drove in a run with a double in the sixth.

Maldonado got his third hit on an RBI single in the eighth.

''It's awesome,'' Gallardo said. ''He did a great job. Obviously Price is a tough pitcher to face. He did it all today.''

Gallardo won for the first time since beating Arizona on June 19 to stop a six-start winless streak.

Jeremy Jeffress gave up two of his three hits in the ninth before Zach Duke walked Logan Forsythe to load the bases with two out. Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez entered and got his 31st save by striking out Yunel Escobar.

Price had gone eight or more innings in eight of his previous nine starts.

ON DECK

Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta (12-6) is scheduled to face Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (13-5) in the start of a three-game series between two of the top NL Central teams Friday night in St. Louis.

Rays: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (0-0), coming off right elbow surgery in January, will make his third start of the season Friday night against Los Angeles Angels RHP Matt Shoemaker (8-3).

GONE FISHING

Milwaukee's Khris Davis had an unique ground-rule double when his eighth-inning drive to center bounced over the wall and landed in a 10,000 gallon fish tank that is home to more than 20 cownose rays.

WHITEWASH

The Rays were shutout for the AL-high 13th time.

Milwaukee threw its seventh shutout this season, with five coming on the road.

FINAL WORD

''This is my last start for the Rays .... IN JULY!!!'' -- Price, causing a brief stir on twitter 4 1/2 hours before Wednesday's first pitch.

Yovani Gallardo gave up four hits in seven innings, Martin Maldonado tied a career-high with four RBIs and the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers avoided a three-game sweep by beating David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 Wednesday.

Gallardo (6-5) retired 13 in a row at one point, en route to moving past Ben Sheets into sole possession of fifth place on the Brewers career list with 87 wins.

Maldonado also drove in four runs on Oct. 2, 2012 against San Diego.

Price (11-8), the subject of trade speculation heading into Thursday's deadline for non-waiver deals, had his bid to win a team-record seventh consecutive start dashed after allowing four runs and seven hits over seven innings. The left-hander shares the franchise mark of six straight wins with Matt Moore and Scott Kazmir.

The Rays lost for the second time in their last 13 games. A victory Wednesday would have lifted Tampa Bay (53-55) to .500 for the first time since late April.

Maldonado put the Brewers up 2-0 with a two-run single in the second, an inning that included two walks. It was just the second time this season Price walked a pair in the same inning.

After Aramis Ramirez had a third-inning run-scoring single, Maldonado made it 4-0 when he drove in a run with a double in the sixth.

Maldonado got his third hit on an RBI single in the eighth.

Gallardo won for the first time since beating Arizona on June 19 to stop a six-start winless streak.

Jeremy Jeffress gave up two of his three hits in the ninth before Zach Duke walked Logan Forsythe to load the bases with two out. Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez entered and got his 31st save by striking out Yunel Escobar.

Price had gone eight or more innings in eight of his previous nine starts.

ON DECK

Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta (12-6) is scheduled to face Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (13-5) in the start of a three-game series between two of the top NL Central teams Friday night in St. Louis.

Rays: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (0-0), coming off right elbow surgery in January, will make his third start of the season Friday night against Los Angeles Angels RHP Matt Shoemaker (8-3).

FINAL WORD

''This is my last start for the Rays .... IN JULY!!!'' - Price, causing a brief stir on twitter 4 1/2 hours before Wednesday's first pitch.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

M. Maldonado
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
Tampa Bay

D. Price
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 3
BB 2
K 6
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Carlos Gomez, CF5000023.294.355.488
Jonathan Lucroy, 1B4110000.306.374.492
   Lyle Overbay, 1B1000000.232.313.337
Ryan Braun, RF5000000.287.338.504
Aramis Ramirez, DH4121010.275.321.430
Rickie Weeks, 2B3100120.254.330.384
Khris Davis, LF4120023.253.305.477
Mark Reynolds, 3B2110200.211.305.422
Martin Maldonado, C4034001.270.357.405
Jean Segura, SS4000026.231.265.320
Yovani Gallardo, P0000000.139.162.167
   Jeremy Jeffress, P0000000.000.000.000
   Zach Duke, P0000000.000.000.000
   Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3659539    
Batting
2B - Khris Davis 2 (27, Price), Mark Reynolds (8, Price), Martin Maldonado (4, Price)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (48), Martin Maldonado 4 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Martin Maldonado 2 (4)
CS - Ryan Braun (4, 3rd base by Price/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Segura-Weeks-Lucroy, Segura-Weeks-Lucroy-Weeks-Segura-Overbay
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo (W,6-5) 7400150 3.38
Jeremy Jeffress 1.1300000 5.14
Zach Duke 0.1000110 1.04
Francisco Rodriguez (S,31) 0.1000010 3.02
WP - Jeremy Jeffress (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 99-62, Jeremy Jeffress 19-12, Zach Duke 10-5, Francisco Rodriguez 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 10-5, Jeremy Jeffress 2-1
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 25, Jeremy Jeffress 6, Zach Duke 2, Francisco Rodriguez 1
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Desmond Jennings, CF4010001.241.327.386
Ben Zobrist, DH4010021.271.360.419
Matt Joyce, LF4010011.279.362.425
Evan Longoria, 3B4010001.254.332.387
James Loney, 1B4010012.280.339.370
Logan Forsythe, 2B3010110.248.298.350
Yunel Escobar, SS4000025.253.325.337
Jose Molina, C3010000.194.246.206
Kevin Kiermaier, RF2000101.304.358.533
David Price, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kirby Yates, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joel Peralta, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3207027    
Batting
SB - Kevin Kiermaier (4, 2nd base off Gallardo/Maldonado)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Molina-Longoria
E - Yunel Escobar (10, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price (L,11-8) 7743260 3.11
Kirby Yates 1211120 2.55
Joel Peralta 1000010 4.05
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 113-83, Kirby Yates 24-13, Joel Peralta 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 7-8, Kirby Yates 1-0, Joel Peralta 1-1
Batters Faced - David Price 30, Kirby Yates 6, Joel Peralta 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24809
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Bill Welke