MLB Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, June 22nd)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Milwaukee 3
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - After giving up two early runs, David
Price silenced Milwaukee hitters to lead Tampa Bay over the Brewers, 6-3, in
the rubber match of a three-game series at Miller Park.
Price (8-6) went eight innings, giving up just two runs on five hits while
fanning 10. After surrendering the two first-inning runs, Price allowed just
three hits and one walk the rest of the way.
He got the win thanks to Elliot Johnson, who hit a three-run homer in the
seventh inning. Kelly Shoppach also homered for the Rays, who have won
five of their last six games.
Prince Fielder went 2-for-4 and Ryan Braun singled in a run for the Brewers,
who have lost seven of their last 10 games. Braun extended his career-high
hitting streak to 14 games.
Starter Shaun Marcum was closely monitored because of a strained left hip
flexor he suffered June 17. He gave up two runs on two hits while striking out
two over three innings.
"We said three innings at first when we talked (prior to the game),"
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "He'll be fine for his next time out."
Marco Estrada (1-5) replaced him in the fourth inning, with the game tied 2-2,
but gave up the go-ahead run in the sixth.
Sean Rodriguez drew a one-out walk, then moved to third on a Ben Zobrist
single through the hole at second. With runners on the corners and two out,
B.J. Upton hit a hump-back line drive that fell in front of Carlos Gomez in
In the seventh, pinch-hitter Sam Fuld doubled and Shoppach walked before
Johnson came up. Side-armer Tim Dillard threw a sinker low but over the plate,
and Johnson clubbed it over the wall in right-center for a 6-2 lead.
"Price told me to hit a homer and get all the guys in so he didn't have to. He
called it," Johnson said. "Because Price was cruising that gave me the
opportunity to hit."
Price pitched two perfect innings before he was replaced by Kyle Farnsworth,
who loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. But he got pinch-hitter Nyjer
Morgan to hit a sacrifice fly, plating Fielder, before retiring pinch-hitter
Mark Kotsay to end the game.
Milwaukee jumped ahead to a 2-0 lead in the first. Rickie Weeks led off
with a single and Corey Hart was hit with a pitch before Braun singled to
right. The hit plated Weeks, and Hart slid around a tag at third base. Fielder
then grounded into a double play that allowed Hart to score.
The Rays answered in the second with two runs of their own to tie the game.
With Casey Kotchman on first after a base hit, Shoppach sent a 2-2 pitch over
the right-field wall.
The Rays improved to 6-3 in interleague play this season...Price recorded 10
or more strikeouts for the third time in 2011...The Brewers fell to 7-23 when
they score three or fewer runs.
06/22 19:58:51 ET
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