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 4, Jays 3: Notes from the final night on the road
Posted May 15, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 15, 2012 at 11:34 PM
TORONTO The Rays won again Tuesday, but that was nearly a given since the victory improved their record this season during the final game of a series to 9-3.
That’s also the Rays record in one-run games.
The Rays open a two-game series tonight against the Red Sox with a share of first place in the AL East. The Red Sox sit at the bottom of the division, 5 ½ games back of the co-leading Rays and Orioles but riding a five-game winning streak.
Here’s a look back on the final night of the road trip, a 4-3, come-from-behind win in Toronto that gave the Rays a sweep of the two-game series and extended their winning streak to three …
—The Rays are now 5-9 when trailing after six innings and 18-0 when leading after the seventh and eighth innings. They have 11 come-from-behind wins.
—Closer Fernando Rodney is a perfect 11-for-11 in save opportunities after throwing a perfect ninth inning Tuesday.
—In case you’re wondering, the team record for consecutive saves to start the season is 16, set by Al Reyes in 2007 and tied by Rafael Soriano in 2010.
—Elliot Johnson started for the seventh straight game, the most consecutive starts at the big league level for the infielder. He had two hits to extend his hitting streak to a career-best seven games. He’s batting .500 during the streak with two home runs, three doubles and seven RBIs.
—Since Evan Longoria went down with his partially torn left hamstring, the Rays have used five players at third base – Sean Rodriguez, Jeff Keppinger, Will Rhymes, Chris Gimenez and Johnson. During their time at the hot corner, they are a combined 16-for-53 (.302) with two homers, eight RBI, three doubles and three walks.
—Ben Zobrist was 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. During the three-game winning streak Zobrist is 7-for-13 with two home runs, three doubles, five RBI and four walks. During the eight-game road trip, Zobrist was 11-for-30 (.367) with a .513 on-base percentage, a .974 slugging percentage, two home runs, five RBI, nine walks and six runs.