Rays beat Mariners, lose Zobrist to injury
The Rays built on their momentum from Tuesday's come-from-behind win with a crisp 2-0 victory over the Mariners Wednesday afternoon, but lost 2B Ben Zobrist for at least a few days with a dislocated left thumb.
Righthander Jake Odorizzi was the key to Wednesday's win, carrying over the success from his last start with another stellar performance, taking a no-hitter into the sixth and allowing just a single to James Jones.
Jake McGee, Joel Peralta and Grant Balfour took it from there. combining on a two-hitter.
The Rays didn't do much offensively either, totaling just three hits of their own, but were opportunistic in scoring two runs with two outs in the fourth, on a bases loaded walk and a wild pitch.
The rally, such as it was, started with a one-out single by Evan Longoria, followed by a fielder's choice grounder by James Loney. Walks to Wil Myers and Desmond Jennings loaded the bases, then Yunel Escobar, after falling behind M's starter Brandon Maurer 0-and-2, battled through seven more pitches to draw a walk, forcing in the first run.
Dominic Leone replaced Maurer, and his second pitch bounced through the legs of catcher John Buck, allowing Myers to to race home with the second run.
Zobrist was injured trying to steal second base in the fifth inning, sliding headfirst and trying to grab the base with his lefty hand. It was obvious from television replays, and how quickly he came off the field, how much pain he was in.
The Rays said during the game that Zobrist's thumb was put back in place and he would miss "some time,' but would remain with the team through the weekend in Anaheim and be re-evaluated upon returning home. It was not immediately clear if the Rays would place him on the DL or make another roster move to bring up an infielder.
After losing seven of nine, the Rays (18-23) have back-to-back wins for the first time since beating the Yankees in 14 innings May 2 after sweeping the doubleheader in Boston the day before.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon provided some eighth inning entertainment, protesting a check-swing strike three call on Buck with a Lou Piniella style outburst, throwing his hat past first-base umpire Lance Barksdale, then, after being ejected, into the stands.