Baseball is a funny game. One day you get a perfect game thrown against you. The next day your ace is on the mound and he throws a shutout. That describes the Tampa Bay Rays. David Price went seven shutout innings and the offense backed him up by scoring seven runs for him as the Rays beat the Angels in the first of four 7-0.
Dan Haren didn’t look good, though it’s hard to when you give up five runs in less than four innings. The Rays started scoring in the second when Ben Zobrist parked his 13th homer of the year. The Rays put it out of reach in the fourth. B.J. Upton led off the inning with his 14th homer of the year. After an Evan Longoria single and a Zobrist double, Jeff Keppinger snuck one past Alberto Callaspo‘s glove for a two run single. Carlos Pena singled to bring Keppinger to third and Ryan Roberts drove him home with a sac fly. In the fifth, Matt Joyce walked and Longoria hit his fifth homer of the year off Jerome Williams.
All the Angels can do is move on and try to win today. They have their ace on the mound in Jered Weaver. He’ll be taking on a guy who’s pitched like an ace since not being traded in James Shields at 7:05PT/10:05ET.