Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays 3, M’s 1: Odds and ends from their 9th win in 10 games
Posted May 1, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 1, 2012 at 11:50 PM
ST. PETERSBURG The Rays kept rolling with Tuesday’s 3-1 victory against the visiting Mariners despite getting only three hits.
It was the 10th time in team history the Rays won with three or fewer hits, and only the second time since the start of 2009. The last was a 5-0 win against Detroit on July 26, 2010.
The Rays are 10-101 when being held to three or fewer hits.
Here are some odds and ends from the victory culled from the postgame notes …
—The Rays have won nine of 10 and 12 of their last 15 games. They have won seven straight at home and 10 of the 11 games played this season at the Trop.
—Ben Zobrist collected his 20th walk of the season. He has just 16 hits. Zobrist is batting .198 but has a .359 on-base percent. The 161 point difference is the largest margin in the major leagues.
—Luke Scott has 18 RBI in 20 games. He’s averaging one RBI per 3.61 at-bats.
—In the last 10 games, the Rays bullpen is 2-0 with four saves and a 1.61 ERA. In the 28 innings during that stretch, they have allowed 19 hits and four walks while striking out 36.
—The Rays struck out 12 Mariners on Tuesday, marking the third straight game they’ve recorded double-digit strikeouts.
—Fernando Rodney leads the AL with eight saves when he struck out the side Tuesday. It was only the third time in his career in which he fanned the side.
Rodney lowered his ERA to 0.79. Opponents are batting .146 against him.
—Matt Moore became the last member of the rotation to earn a victory this season, despite having the lead in four of his five starts.