Monday, December 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Rich Thompson laughs off missed HBP call; Joe Maddon likes the Rays' funk; Rays own AL's best home record

Today: off

Up next: at Red Sox, 7:10 Friday, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (1-0, 2.57); Sox — Jon Lester (3-3, 3.95)

On deck

Saturday: at Red Sox, 7:15, Ch. 13. Rays — David Price (6-3, 2.88); Sox — Josh Beckett (4-4, 4.38)

Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 2.73); Sox — Clay Buchholz (4-2, 7.84)

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

1B/OF Brandon Allen, right quad strain, Friday

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 60-day, June 5

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day, June 5

OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder strain, 15-day, Monday

OF Desmond Jennings, left knee sprain, 15-day, Sunday

INF Jeff Keppinger, right toe fracture, 15-day, June 3

C Jose Lobaton, right shoulder soreness, 15-day, April 30

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 15-day, May 16

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14

Did you know?

The Rays won their sixth consecutive series over Toronto and improved to 10-0-1 in their past 11 series, 19-1-1 in the past 21. The Rays' last series loss to the Blue Jays was Aug. 6-10, 2010 (a three-game sweep at Tropicana Field).

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Explanation of the day

"It barely grazed me. I might have imagined it."

Rich Thompson, joking about the first Darren Oliver pitch that hit him, which the umpire didn't agree with

Quote of the day

"We are funky, and funky's cool. Funky's always been cool since the middle of the '70s. I've always liked funky."

Manager Joe Maddon

Numbers of the day

10

Walks in the game for Rays batters, two off the team record.

12

Walkoff wins for the Rays in their last 54 regular-season home games.

Tough at Trop

The Rays now own the best home record (17-7) in the American League, second only to the Dodgers (19-4) in the majors. It's the best start in club history through 24 home games. One reason is the pitching as the Rays boast a 2.65 ERA at home, two runs better than their road ERA (4.65). "It has turned into more of a pitcher's ballpark over the last couple years," manager Joe Maddon said. "We're not going to score big points, but the Trop has become very friendly to us once again, and we have to continue that roll."

Rays 5, Blue Jays 4 (11)

Toronto AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

K.Johnson 2b 5 0 1 0 0 4 .250

Vizquel 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .095

Y.Escobar ss 5 0 1 0 0 1 .258

Bautista rf 5 2 2 1 0 0 .230

Encarnacion dh 4 1 2 2 1 0 .269

Arencibia c 5 0 0 0 0 4 .246

Thames lf 5 0 1 0 0 2 .252

Lawrie 3b 5 1 1 0 0 1 .270

Rasmus cf 5 0 2 0 0 1 .216

Y.Gomes 1b 3 0 0 1 0 1 .294

Totals 42 4 10 4 1 14

Tampa Bay AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

C.Pena 1b 3 2 1 0 2 2 .217

B.Upton cf 6 1 3 1 0 2 .300

Joyce rf 3 1 0 1 2 1 .274

Sutton 3b-2b 4 0 2 2 1 1 .500

Scott dh 3 0 1 1 2 0 .243

E.Johnson ss 3 0 0 0 1 3 .276

Rhymes 2b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .250

Rodriguez ph-3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .246

Gimenez c 2 0 0 0 1 1 .213

Vogt ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

J.Molina c 1 0 0 0 0 1 .173

Thompson lf 4 1 0 0 0 2 .091

Totals 34 5 7 5 10 13

Toronto 100 010 020 00— 4 10 0

Tampa Bay 202 000 000 01— 5 7 1

EE.Johnson (3). LOBTor. 7, T.B. 11. 2BK.Johnson (3), Bautista (4), C.Pena (8), B.Upton 2 (8), Sutton (2). 3BRasmus (3). HRBautista (12), off Shields; Encarnacion (14), off Jo.Peralta. RBIsBautista (29), Encarnacion 2 (37), Y.Gomes (5), B.Upton (16), Joyce (24), Sutton 2 (3), Scott (31). SBRasmus (2), B.Upton (10). CSThompson (1). SE.Johnson. SFY.Gomes. RISPTor. 1 for 7; T.B. 2 for 11.

Toronto IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

R.Romero 6 2 4 4 7 7 105 3.86

FrasorM1 0 0 0 1 9 2.65

L.PerezL0 0 0 1 1 9 2.70

Cordero 1 1 0 0 0 0 20 6.11

Janssen 1 2 0 0 1 1 30 3.31

Oliver L, 0-2 1L1 1 1 1 3 36 1.80

Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Shields 7L7 3 2 1 10 110 3.63

Peralta BS, 3-5M2 1 1 0 1 13 5.12

Rodney 2 1 0 0 0 1 25 0.40

McGee W, 1-1 1 0 0 0 0 2 14 1.84

HBPby Oliver (Thompson), by R.Romero (C.Pena). T3:57. A11,471 (34,078).

How they scored

Blue Jays first. K.Johnson struck out. Y.Escobar grounded out, pitcher Shields to first baseman C.Pena. Bautista homered to left on a 3-1 count. Encarnacion walked on a full count. Arencibia struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on. Blue Jays 1, Rays 0.

Rays first. C.Pena walked on a full count. B.Upton struck out. Joyce walked, C.Pena to second. Sutton doubled to center, C.Pena scored, Joyce scored. Scott grounded out to first baseman Y.Gomes, Sutton to third. E.Johnson struck out, catcher Arencibia to first baseman Y.Gomes. 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on. Rays 2, Blue Jays 1.

Rays third. C.Pena was hit by a pitch. B.Upton doubled to left, C.Pena to third. Joyce grounded out to first baseman Y.Gomes, C.Pena scored, B.Upton to third. Sutton walked on four pitches. Scott grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman K.Johnson to shortstop Y.Escobar, B.Upton scored, Sutton out. E.Johnson struck out. 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on. Rays 4, Blue Jays 1.

Blue Jays fifth. Lawrie singled to center. Rasmus safe on fielder's choice and E.Johnson's error, Lawrie to third. Y.Gomes hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder B.Upton, Lawrie scored. Rasmus stole second. K.Johnson struck out. Y.Escobar struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 left on. Rays 4, Blue Jays 2.

Blue Jays eighth. Y.Escobar grounded out to first baseman C.Pena. Bautista doubled to left. Jo.Peralta pitching. Encarnacion homered to left on a 2-1 count, Bautista scored. Arencibia struck out. Thames singled to right. Lawrie grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman Rhymes to shortstop E.Johnson, Thames out. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Blue Jays 4, Rays 4.

Rays eleventh. Thompson was hit by a pitch. C.Pena struck out. B.Upton doubled to left, Thompson scored. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on. Rays 5, Blue Jays 4.

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