McKay takes perfect game into the 6th, Rays beat Rangers 5-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Brendan McKay made an amazing first impression.

McKay took a perfect game into the sixth inning of his major league debut and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Saturday.

''It was fun to watch,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''Certainly set a pretty high bar for himself. Just the way he carried himself, it was kind of unflappable.''

McKay (1-0), a two-way prospect taken fourth overall in the 2017 draft, didn't allow a baserunner until Danny Santana flared an opposite-field single to right with one out in the sixth. The left-hander allowed one hit, a walk and struck out three in six innings.

McKay said the best part of the day was ''just getting to play baseball.''

''You're living a dream and doing something that not many people get to do,'' McKay said. ''To fulfill your life-long dream of playing in the major leagues, it's awesome.''

A couple dozen family members and friends, including his parents, were among the announced crowd of 16,655.

''He's got good stuff and he can execute,'' Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. ''He looked like a pretty calm guy.''

After walking Shin-Soo Choo with two outs in the sixth, McKay ended his 81-pitch outing by striking out Delino Deshields on three pitches. He walked off the field to a standing ovation.

''It gave you chills at the moment,'' McKay said.

Avisail Garcia homered for the Rays, who won for the fourth time in 12 games.

Texas had a season-high six-game winning streak snapped.

Jose Alvarado, who rejoined the Rays on Friday after being gone from the team since June 2 to be with his ailing mother, was one of three relievers that completed a five-hitter. He allowed one run and one hit in the ninth.

The Rays took a 3-0 lead in the second when Joey Wendle had an RBI double and Garcia, mired in an 0-for-17 slide, hit a two-run homer off Adrian Sampson (6-5).

Sampson allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.

Willy Adames and Travis d'Arnaud hit consecutive homers in the seventh off Pete Fairbanks to make it 5-0. Adames has 10 homers, with the first nine coming on the road.

Texas got on the board in the eighth when Asdrubal Cabrera, hitless in his previous 21 at-bats, doubled and later scored on Oliver Drake's wild pitch.

McKay went a combined 6-0 with a 1.22 ERA (66 2/3 innings, nine earned runs) in 13 games between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.

The 23-year old made a nifty defensive play in the second when he caught Joey Gallo's foul ball near third base with the Rays having four defenders in the outfield and three infielders on the first-base side of second.

''I don't know if it makes any difference, but maybe all our pitchers should be two-way players,'' a smiling McKay said.

McKay had also played first base before being limited to DH this season.

McKay is scheduled to pitch again Friday night against the AL East-leading New York Yankees, who have a seven-game lead over the Rays.

RARE PERFORMANCE

McKay's outing tied Ken Cloude (Seattle, 1997) and Wayne Simpson (Cincinnati, 1970) for the second-longest perfect game bid in a debut during the expansion era, starting in 1961. The record of 6 2/3 innings was set by Pittsburgh's Nick Kingham on April 29, 2018.

PENCE POINTS

Rangers manager Chris Woodward said AL All-Star DH Hunter Pence, out since June 17 due to a strained right groin, will play for Double-A Frisco on Monday and probably Tuesday before returning. ''I promised him if he hit two homers in Frisco on Monday, I might activate him Tuesday,'' a smiling Woodward said. ''Knowing him, he'll do it.'' Barring any setbacks, Pence will be ready to play in All-Star Game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor (left hamstring cramp) didn't play, but may start Sunday.

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier (right calf tightness) was back in the lineup. ... Reliever Diego Castillo (right shoulder inflammation) resumed playing catch.

UP NEXT

Rays LHP Blake Snell (4-7) and Rangers RHP Jesse Chavez (3-2) are Sunday's starters. Snell, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, has an 11.94 ERA (17 1/3 inning, 23 earned runs) over his last five starts.

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  • HR: TB - T. d'Arnaud (5), A. Garcia (12), W. Adames (10)
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Gallo (13), A. Cabrera (12)
      • SH - T. Federowicz (3)
      • RBI - L. Forsythe (31)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. DeShields 2 (2), E. Andrus 2 (2), L. Forsythe
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Diaz (13), J. Wendle (3)
      • HR - A. Garcia (12), W. Adames (10), T. d'Arnaud (5)
      • RBI - J. Wendle (3), A. Garcia 2 (37), W. Adames (25), T. d'Arnaud (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Kiermaier, J. Choi, J. Wendle, A. Garcia 2 (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sampson (L, 6-5)6.05332714.161.369.5
      P. Fairbanks1.02220326.231.380.5
      L. St. John1.00001200.000.603.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sampson (L, 6-5)6.0
      P. Fairbanks1.0
      L. St. John1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. McKay (W, 1-0)6.01001300.000.3327.5
      C. Poche (H, 3)1.01000303.860.693.5
      O. Drake1.02111003.001.17-1.0
      J. Alvarado1.01110003.331.441.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. McKay (W, 1-0)6.0
      C. Poche (H, 3)1.0
      O. Drake1.0
      J. Alvarado1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sampson 99-64, P. Fairbanks 21-14, L. St. John 21-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sampson 6-5
      • Batters Faced - A. Sampson 25, P. Fairbanks 5, L. St. John 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - O. Drake, J. Alvarado (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. McKay 81-55, C. Poche 22-14, O. Drake 30-17, J. Alvarado 18-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McKay 6-9, O. Drake 1-2, J. Alvarado 2-1
      • Batters Faced - B. McKay 20, C. Poche 4, O. Drake 6, J. Alvarado 4
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Gallo (13), A. Cabrera (12)
          • SH - T. Federowicz (3)
          • RBI - L. Forsythe (31)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. DeShields 2 (2), E. Andrus 2 (2), L. Forsythe
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Diaz (13), J. Wendle (3)
          • HR - A. Garcia (12), W. Adames (10), T. d'Arnaud (5)
          • RBI - J. Wendle (3), A. Garcia 2 (37), W. Adames (25), T. d'Arnaud (19)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Kiermaier, J. Choi, J. Wendle, A. Garcia 2 (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Sampson (L, 6-5)6.05332714.161.369.5
          P. Fairbanks1.02220326.231.380.5
          L. St. John1.00001200.000.603.0
          Total8.07553123---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Sampson (L, 6-5)6.0
          P. Fairbanks1.0
          L. St. John1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. McKay (W, 1-0)6.01001300.000.3327.5
          C. Poche (H, 3)1.01000303.860.693.5
          O. Drake1.02111003.001.17-1.0
          J. Alvarado1.01110003.331.441.0
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          PITCHERSIP
          B. McKay (W, 1-0)6.0
          C. Poche (H, 3)1.0
          O. Drake1.0
          J. Alvarado1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sampson 99-64, P. Fairbanks 21-14, L. St. John 21-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sampson 6-5
          • Batters Faced - A. Sampson 25, P. Fairbanks 5, L. St. John 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - O. Drake, J. Alvarado (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. McKay 81-55, C. Poche 22-14, O. Drake 30-17, J. Alvarado 18-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McKay 6-9, O. Drake 1-2, J. Alvarado 2-1
          • Batters Faced - B. McKay 20, C. Poche 4, O. Drake 6, J. Alvarado 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Forsythe grounded out to shortstop, Gallo scored25
          • 8TH INNING
            Cabrera scored on wild pitch15
          • 7TH INNING
            d'Arnaud homered to center05
            Adames homered to right center04
          • 2ND INNING
            Garcia homered to right center, Wendle scored03
            Wendle doubled to right, Diaz scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jose Alvarado relieved Oliver Drake
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Mazara grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gallo doubled to deep right
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Gallo to third on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop, Gallo scored
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera lined out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Oliver Drake relieved Colin Poche
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera doubled to deep right
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Santana grounded out to shortstop, Cabrera to third
            • T. Federowicz: Ball, Ball, Cabrera scored on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Federowicz walked
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Choo flied out to left
            • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields singled to right, Federowicz to second
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Andrus flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Locke St. John relieved Peter Fairbanks
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Choi struck out looking
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz flied out to right
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wendle walked
            • A. Garcia: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Colin Poche relieved Brendan McKay
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Andrus singled to center
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Forsythe struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Peter Fairbanks relieved Adrian Sampson
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Adames homered to right center
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, d'Arnaud homered to center
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. McKay Pitching:
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to deep right
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Santana singled to right
            • T. Federowicz: Federowicz hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Santana to second
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
            • D. DeShields: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • J. Choi: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choi walked
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to third, Choi to second
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Wendle grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. McKay Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Mazara flied out to left
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Meadows flied out to deep left
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. McKay Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Choo grounded out to first
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, DeShields lined out to right
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus lined out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Garcia flied out to right
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Adames flied out to deep center
            • T. d'Arnaud: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, d'Arnaud struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. McKay Pitching:
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cabrera lined out to center
            • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Santana flied out to shallow right
            • T. Federowicz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Federowicz grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • J. Choi: Ball, Choi grounded out to first
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz singled to center
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Foul, Wendle grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. McKay Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mazara lined out to left
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gallo fouled out to pitcher
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Forsythe grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • Y. Diaz: Diaz doubled to deep right center
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Wendle doubled to right, Diaz scored
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia homered to right center, Wendle scored
            • W. Adames: Foul, Foul, Adames grounded out to third
            • T. d'Arnaud: d'Arnaud singled to left center
            • A. Meadows: Meadows flied out to right
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. McKay Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Choo grounded out to shortstop
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields fouled out to catcher
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Andrus grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier walked
            • T. Pham: Pham lined out to left
            • J. Choi: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)