Manager Joe Maddon said the Tampa Bay Rays rolled out their prevent defense Monday night against the Orioles. Played the safeties deep funneled everything to the middle and kept the opposition out of the end zone. But you know what the prevent defense does right? “Prevents wins” Maddon said. “Except in baseball.” The Rays won 4-3 on a gorgeous night at Camden Yards to keep pace with the first-place Red Sox. The loss also dropped the third-place Orioles 4 1/2 games behind the wild card-leading Rays in that race for those playoff spots. It was a late-August game that had a late-September feel. The Orioles so good last season in one-run games had runners in scoring position in six of the nine innings but couldn't cover those last 90 feet. “Our guys did not give in” Maddon said. “I loved it.” David Price went five innings and picked up his seventh win despite being in trouble in each of his last four innings. Jake McGee picked up Joel Peralta and recorded four outs and Fernando Rodney was able to finish the Orioles off in the ninth inning for his 28th save. Maddon described the win as “thick” which is what you get when you combine tense with awkward and trepidation. The Orioles had runners on base in every inning. They totaled 10 hits against Price from the second to the fifth inning.
Rays edge Orioles in tense series opener
Tampa Tribune | Aug 20