MLB Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Colorado|
(Sunday, May 5th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 8, Colorado 3
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Ryan Roberts, Kelly Johnson and Jose Lobaton
drove two runs apiece as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Colorado Rockies,
8-3, in the finale of a three-game series.
Rays starter Alex Cobb (4-2) fanned six and gave up three runs -- all on solo
homers -- on eight hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings for Tampa Bay, which took
two of the three games in the set.
"We're playing right on that cusp, that verge of getting over the top and
playing like we're capable of playing," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Michael Cuddyer, Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado had the solo shots for the
Rockies. Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (3-1) made his return from the 15-day
disabled list caused by a lower back sprain, and allowed six runs -- five
earned -- on eight hits and three walks over seven frames.
"You're going to run into days like that unfortunately," Cuddyer said of his
team going 0-for-9 with runners position. "We just couldn't up with the big
The Rays scored three runs in the first inning. Desmond Jennings singled to
start the game and Matt Joyce walked. Two batters later, James Loney singled
to score Jennings, and Joyce reached home on a wild pitch by Chacin before
Johnson hit a line-drive single to right center to bring Loney home.
Cuddyer's solo smash came in the second, and Tulowitzki knocked a solo homer
two innings later to cut Tampa Bay's lead to 3-2.
In the sixth, Joyce drew a leadoff walk and Loney singled to bring him to
third. Johnson followed with a single of his own, plating Joyce. Loney and
Johnson both then advanced bases on a passed ball by Rockies catcher Wilin
Rosario, setting up Roberts' two-run double that made the score 6-2.
Arenado homered with two outs in the seventh, but that was it for Colorado's
Meanwhile, the Rays tacked on two more runs in the eighth. Evan Longoria
walked to begin the inning and Loney had a single. Both would advance on
another passed ball by Rosario before Lobaton singled to center to bring them
Jamey Wright came on in the ninth for the Rays and struck out the side to end
Loney was 3-for-4 with three runs scored... Todd Helton also returned from the
15-day disabled list, caused by inflammation in his left forearm, for
Colorado. He was 1-for-4 ... Johnson was caught stealing for the third time
this season, most among second basemen and tied for third overall in the
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