Jamie Shields was spotted with a 6-1 lead against the Texas Rangers last night and needed all six runs to get the win. Jamie gave up only five hits, but three were home runs, including a three run home run by Michael Young in the 6th inning. Normally Maddon would have gone to his bullpen, but he did what was right and let Jamie finish the inning, which he did and after 7 innings it was 6-5. Brian Stokes pitched a perfect 8th inning, and Al Reyes followed up with a 1-2-3 9th inning with 2 K's to get the save.
The pen coming through in this came is big for the Rays and their moral and belief in there pitchers. This was a game they had to have after Shields pitched well and they got the runs they needed. Maddon finally did the right thing by letting his starters get out of innings after they have made a mistake and the starter responded to the challenge. These lessons can only help the Rays going forward.
Wiggy continued his hot ways going 2-4 scoring a run and getting an RBI
Zobrist finally came around going 2-5 including a solo home run in the first inning
Carlos Pena got the start at 1st and responded going 2-4 with 2 RBI
The Rays now go to Minnesota for a three game set.