MLB Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Washington|
(Tuesday, June 19th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Washington 4
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - David Price spun seven strong innings on
Tuesday as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Washington Nationals, 5-4, in the
opener of a three-game set at Nationals Park.
Price (9-4) surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on six hits and a walk
with four strikeouts to earn the victory. Jake McGee fired a perfect eighth in
relief and Francisco Rodney worked a scoreless ninth to nail down his 20th
save of the year.
Carlos Pena crushed a two-run homer and Elliot Johnson added a two-run triple
for the Rays, who swept the Nationals the last time these teams met back in
Chien-Ming Wang (2-3) was charged for all five runs on seven hits and three
walks in just 3 1/3 innings of work. Ian Desmond clubbed a solo shot and
Michael Morse added a two-run blast, but Washington lost its fourth straight
game after being swept by the New York Yankees over the weekend.
"He's been having some problems with his delivery and he's been rushing," said
Nationals manager Davey Johnson about Wang. "That's why he's still having some
The Rays struck for a run in their first at-bat as Desmond Jennings and Pena
slapped consecutive singles before B.J. Upton made it three in a row with an
RBI base hit to left, plating Jennings from third for a 1-0 edge.
The Nationals responded in the bottom half when Danny Espinosa singled to
start the frame, stole second two batters later, and moved to third on a
Morse then smacked a grounder to deep third base, where Will Rhymes one-hopped
his throw to first and it tipped off Pena's glove, allowing Espinosa to score
as the Nationals pulled even at 1-1.
Desmond gave the Nats a jolt in the second, launching a 1-1 changeup over the
center-field wall to give the home team a one-run lead.
Pena made Wang pay for a leadoff walk to Jennings in the third as he followed
with his ninth homer of the year to center field, giving the Rays a 3-2 lead.
Upton then doubled and moved to third on a groundout, but was cut down at the
plate when Jennings fielded Ben Zobrist's groundout and fired home to catch
Upton for the second out of the inning.
Jose Lobaton followed with a two-out walk and Johnson chased both runners home
with a triple off the wall in left-center field, giving the visitors a 5-2
Ryan Zimmerman kept the sixth inning alive with a two-out single to left and
Morse followed with his first home run of the year to bring the home team
within a run at 5-4.
Rays reliever Joel Peralta was ejected from the game when he entered in the
bottom of the eighth inning. The Nationals manager alerted umpire Tim
Tschida to something illegal in Peralta's glove. The umpires convened and
ruled that Peralta had a foreign substance in his glove, which turned out to
be pine tar.
"Before you start throwing rocks, understand where you live and understand
what's going on." said Rays manager Joe Maddon about Davey Johnson's request
to have Peralta's glove checked. "He knows, he's very much aware of how this
McGee was called in from the bullpen to replace Peralta and quickly retired
the Nats in order to keep it a one-run contest before Rodney nailed down the
victory with a perfect ninth.
Rays outfielder Matt Joyce left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning
with back tightness...It was the first time Tampa Bay played in Nationals
Park, making it the 40th different ballpark the team has played in. The only
current park they have yet to play in is Dodger Stadium...Wang dropped to 7-6
in 15 starts against the Rays.
06/20 01:22:12 ET