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Rays Boogie Past Astros On 70's Night

 
Rays Boogie Past Astros On 70's Night

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays rewinded the clock not only with the retro-style uniforms, but also with some much-needed offense.

Jake Odorizzi and a pair of relievers combined on a one-hitter, while James Loney drove in three as the Rays defeated the Houston Astros 8-0 Saturday afternoon.

Tampa Bay needed just three batters to take the lead, as Ben Zobrist singled off Jake Buchanan with one out in the first, and scored on a double by Kevin Kiermaier.  Evan Longoria then singled over the head of Jose Altuve to move Kiermaier to third base, and James Loney brought him in with a base hit to make it 2-0.

The Rays added three more in the fifth inning, as Evan Longoria was hit by Buchanan to start the frame.  He stole second base and scored two batters later on a single by Brandon Guyer.  Guyer then came around to score on a double by Matt Joyce to make it 4-0, and Joyce scored on a double by Ryan Hanigan two batters later.

Tampa Bay added three more runs in the eighth inning, thanks to Jerome Williams loading the bases on a single by Hanigan and walks to Desmond Jennings and Zobrist.  Williams then uncorked a wild pitch to bring in Hanigan, while Jennings and Zobrist scored on a single by Loney.

Odorizzi meanwhile allowed just one hit through the first seven and a third innings, striking out ten while allowing just one hit, an infield single by Jose Altuve in the fourth inning, and two walks en route to his third win of the year.

Brad Boxberger finished the eighth inning, and Kirby Yates pitched a scoreless ninth to end the game.

Tampa Bay can take the series with a win in Sunday's finale, as Erik Bedard (3-5, 4.33 ERA) takes on Dallas Keuchel (8-4, 2.63 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 1:40, with pregame coverage starting at 11:30 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

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