SAN FRANCISCO — Rays manager Kevin Cash got creative again Sunday, moving lefty reliever Adam Kolarek to first base for a batter so he could stay in the game and face the next two lefty hitters during the seventh inning.
The move worked, though Diego Castillo was needed to come in and replace Kolarek to get the final out.
Cash made two similar moves last year, having lefty Jose Alvarado move from the mound to play first for one batter and then go back to pitching in a game against Washington in June, and doing the same with righty Sergio Romo going to third during a game against the Yankees in July.
With the Rays leading 2-0, Kolarek— who already worked the sixth — opened the seventh, allowing a single to Yangervis Solarte.
Cash summoned Roe to face right-handed-hitting ex-Ray Evan Longoria, moving Kolarek to first, so he could go back to the mound to face lefties Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford next.
Roe did his job by striking out Longoria. Kolarek, who was holding on the runner, went back to the mound.
Yandy Diaz moved from first to third for the Kolarek shift (with third baseman Christian Arroyo coming out), and then Diaz went back to first. Brandon Lowe came into the game, playing second, with Daniel Robertson shifting to third.
Kolarek got Belt out but allowed a single to Crawford, and Castillo came in to finish the inning.