Rays Defeat Dodgers 8-1
W: Emilio Pagan (1-0, 0.56 ERA); L: Dylan Floro (1-1, 2.21 ERA)
The seven run seventh was Tampa Bay’s highest scoring frame since July 31, 2018 versus the Los Angeles Angels (7-run 4th), and matched their highest-scoring frame in the last four seasons (2016-19).
The win improves the Rays to 23-18 on the season and evens their record in the month of May at 9-9. The Dodgers fall to 32-18 on the year but still have the best overall record in the National League and maintain a six game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Tommy Pham also homered for Tampa Bay giving them the early 1-0 lead in the fourth. The Rays have hit six homers in their last three games and nine over their past five.
Pham’s homer was the only blemish against Dodger starter Rich Hill who worked six innings allowing just the one run on five hits while striking out seven and walking two. The Rays did their damage against Dylan Floro and Caleb Ferguson, each of who gave up a 3-run homer in the seventh. Floro allowed his to Avisail Garcia and Ferguson to Kevin Kiermaier.
Ryne Stanek opened for the Rays and recorded the first five outs without allowing a run to cross the plate. He turned it over to Yonny Chirinos who allowed a solo homer to Max Muncy spanning 3.2-frames. Adam Kolarek retired one batter before turning it over to Emilio Pagan who worked 1.1-innings of scoreless work. After the Rays got the 8-1 lead, they turned it over to Casey Sadler who held the Dodgers scoreless for two innings.
Pagan has been a real find in the Rays’ ‘pen. His last 13 appearances have been scoreless, the longest such streak since Jose Alvarado worked 15 straight scoreless outings (August 15 through September 17, 2018).
Pagan benefited from the solid arm of Kevin Kiermaier who threw out Cody Bellinger with the potential go-ahead run in the sixth. It was a vindication night for Kiermaier all the way around as he threw the runner out and belted the three run homer. This, a night after being thrown out at third trying to stretch a double to a triple in the eighth inning Tuesday night.
Tampa Bay heads back on the road and their first stop will be Cleveland to take on the Indians in a four game series starting tonight at 6:10 pm. Tampa Bay will use an opener and the Indians respond with Adam Plutko (1-0