Alex Colome's ninth-inning dramatics took the focus, but the work of newly corn-rowed RHP Chaz Roe in the seventh (three Ks) and LHP Jose Alvarado (one K, two infield outs) was textbook, and showed how the bullpen can work.
Not sure where this would rank on the list of surprises, but Wednesday's outing by RHP Jake Faria was only the MLB-low third quality start — six or more innings, three or fewer runs — by the Rays. And none are by Chris Archer.
For a guy the Rays really didn't want and aren't quite sure how to use, veteran OF Denard Span has been valuable. The seventh-inning insurance run he delivered was his team-high 11th RBI despite having only 44 at-bats, seventh most on the team.