Rays RF Matt Joyce still makes his living with his bat, but Friday night he displayed impressive glove work.
With LHP David Price pitching a perfect game with two outs in the fourth, Joyce got a jump on a deep liner to right-center off the bat off Orioles SS J.J. Hardy that appeared to be a sure extra-base hit.
But as the ball began to sail over Joyce's head, he made a leaping catch, crashing to the turf and holding onto the baseball.
"Everybody is aware of what's happening when you get into that point in the fifth inning," Joyce said of Price's perfect start through 13 hitters. "I just cheated a little toward the gap. Hopefully, next time (Price) can take it a little bit further."
Price's no-hit bid ended when Orioles C Matt Wieters singled through the right side of the infield with one out in the fifth. But then Joyce made an over-the-shoulder grab near the rightfield foul line on a well-struck ball by 1B Mark Reynolds.
Joyce, who is batting .295 after going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, also takes pride in his defense.
"It's kind of what we're known for around here, pitching and defense," Joyce said. "Hitting comes and goes, but you can always play defense."
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