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Where does Sunday rank among memorable Rays’ pitching performances?

Beat writer Marc Topkin offers his list, admittedly incomplete, starting at the beginning of time.
Matt Garza threw the first, and thus far only, no-hitter in Rays history on July 26, 2010. [DIRK SHADD | Times (2010)]
Matt Garza threw the first, and thus far only, no-hitter in Rays history on July 26, 2010. [DIRK SHADD | Times (2010)]
Published Jul. 15, 2019
Updated Jul. 15, 2019

Marc Topkin’s not necessarily complete list of 10 memorable (not necessarily the best) Rays pitching performances:

Wilson Alvarez, vs. Tigers, March 31, 1998: The first pitch in franchise history was certainly the start of something.

• Tony Saunders, vs. Orioles, April 22, 1999: His star-crossed career, which ended prematurely after he twice broke his arm throwing a pitch, included this wild outing in which he walked seven but had a no-hitter for 7 2/3 innings.

Dewon Brazelton can only watch as Marlin Mike Lowell's eighth-inning ground rule double sails. (Times, 2004)

Dewon Brazelton, vs. Marlins, June 25, 2004: Not a lot went right for the Rays’ 2001 first-round pick, which made it all the more remarkable he carried a no-hitter two outs into the eighth.

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James Shields, vs, Angels, May 9, 2008. He allowed a third-inning single and nothing else in a complete game shutout. On Oct. 2, 2012, he had 15 Ks.

Matt Garza, vs. Tigers, July 26, 2010: The first, and to this point, only no-hitter thrown by the Rays. There have been five against them.

David Price delivers to the Rangers during the first inning of an American League wild-card tiebreaker baseball game Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Davd Price, vs. Rangers, Sept. 30, 2013: For all the criticism Price has taken over his postseason record (until last year), he stepped up massively in what essentially was a playoff game — the win to get in Game 163 — and threw a complete game, allowing two runs.

Chris Archer, vs. Angels, June 2, 2015: Put on a show with his slider in striking out a team-record tying 15, put himself in the conversation as a top starter. Then he retiried his first 19 on July 29, 2015, vs. the Tigers (6 1/3 innings the prior longest perfect game bid) and throwing a one-hit shutout vs. the Astros Aug. 20, 2015.

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Steve Geltz, June 9-24, 2015: The usually inconsistent reliever got in a remarkable groove, retiring 32 batters over the course of nine games. And a kiss from Paula Abdul was somehow involved.

Matt Andriese (35) gets doused by Chris Archer (22) after the game against the Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field on May 14, 2016. The Rays beat the Athletics 6-0. (Times, 2016)

Matt Andriese, vs. A’s May 14, 2016: This two-hit shutout was good, but what makes it special is that the Rays have not thrown a complete game since, an odd piece of major-league history.

Ryne Stanek and Ryan Yarbrough, vs. Orioles, July 14, 2019: There wasn’t much flashy on the mound or in the field, but they came within three outs of some amazing history.

Have some other ideas? Sent them to us via email, at mtopkin@tampabay.com. or via Twitter at @TBTimes_Rays.

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