SEATTLE (AP) — Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough had mixed emotions following the most impressive start of his young career.
The former Mariners minor leaguer came within an out of his first career shutout, and did it against his former team. Yet after 8 2/3 sparkling innings Sunday, he also felt miffed at manager Kevin Cash for pulling him from Tampa Bay’s 1-0 victory over Seattle.
“Obviously I’m a little angry, but I would think he would want me to be,” Yarbrough said.
Eric Sogard hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and Yarbrough (11-3) made it stand. He retired his final 14 batters and struck out eight in the longest outing of his career. He was replaced after 99 pitches by Emilio Pagan for the final out. Pagan retired pinch-hitter Omar Narvaez on a grounder for his third save of the series and 12th overall.
The Rays — well known for their creative and aggressive bullpen usage — hadn’t had a pitcher throw a complete game since May 2016, and Yarbrough was just the second starter to work into the ninth in that span.
That’s really not the story,” Cash said. “The story is how dominating he is.”
Tampa Bay has won 10 of 12 and remains in position for the second AL wild card. The Rays have won seven straight road games, one shy of the team record set in July 2014, and swept the three-game set after losing their previous nine games in Seattle.
Meanwhile the Tampa Bay Rays (69-50, second in the AL East) vs. San Diego Padres (55-62, fourth in the AL West)
Monday, 10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Diego Castillo (2-6, 3.50 ERA) Padres: Joey Lucchesi (7-6, 4.19 ERA)
Tampa Bay heads into the matchup after a dominant performance by Ryan Yarbrough. Yarbrough threw 8 2/3 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out eight.
The Padres are 28-31 on their home turf. San Diego’s lineup has 181 home runs this season, Hunter Renfroe leads the club with 31 homers.
The Rays are 38-22 in road games. Tampa Bay has slugged .433 this season. Austin Meadows leads the club with a .527 slugging percentage, including 44 extra-base hits and 19 home runs.
TOP PERFORMERS: Renfroe leads the Padres with 49 extra base hits and is batting .241. Manuel Margot is 9-for-27 with two doubles, four home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for San Diego.
Meadows leads the Rays with 56 RBIs and is batting .285. Mike Zunino is 5-for-19 with three home runs and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES: Padres: 5-5, .272 batting average, 4.80 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs
Rays: 8-2, .262 batting average, 2.87 ERA, outscored opponents by 17 runs
Padres Injuries: Adam Warren: (forearm), Robert Stock: (bicep), Garrett Richards: (elbow), Jacob Nix: (elbow), Adrian Morejon: (shoulder), Aaron Loup: (elbow), Brett Kennedy: (shoulder), Miguel Diaz: (knee), Jose Castillo: (finger), Franchy Cordero: (quad).
Rays Injuries: Blake Snell: (elbow), Tyler Glasnow: (forearm), Yonny Chirinos: (finger), Anthony Banda: (elbow), Jose Alvarado: (oblique), Joey Wendle: (wrist), Brandon Lowe: (leg), Yandy Diaz: (foot).