At the end of the night it was two names. Two big names. David Price and Evan Longoria. One turned in a gutsy performance on the mound, and the other delivered what might have been the biggest hit for the Rays this season. Together, they combined for a 6-4 victory Friday night against the Red Sox in front of a vocal crowd of 23,136 at Tropicana Field. Price struck out 10 in eight innings and Longoria broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run double in the seventh inning as the Rays rallied for their season-high eighth straight win. “It is nice to hear (Price and Longoria), and it’s something moving forward we expect a lot more of, that getting to the playoffs this year,” Maddon said. Then Maddon added other names to the list. Desmond Jennings, whose two-run homer in the fifth gave the Rays a short-lived 2-1 lead against Jon Lester, drew a walk in the seventh to keep a rally going. And Brandon Guyer, who drew the walk that loaded the bases for Longoria. And Ben Zobrist, who had four hits, including a single to left in the seventh that chased home pinch-runner Cole Figueroa and tied the score at 3. “This is what’s been going on,” Maddon said. “We’ve talked about, we have to have everybody contribute. Everybody’s contributing right now.” The Rays are 19-5 since June 25, a surge helped greatly by their 14-2 mark on the road. At the Trop, not so good. And that might be the biggest positive from Friday’s win. The Rays played a Red Sox team motivated to stay in the playoff race. They were facing Lester. The Rays’ ace, Price, wasn’t as dominant as he had been in his previous five starts. And they won to creep to within three games of .500.
Price, Longo lead Rays to 8th straight win and Red Sox
Tampa Tribune | Jul 26