Matt Garza got his first win of the season but was it enough to keep him in the rotation… He looked good through six innings allowing just three hits, two of which led to two earned runs.
The Rays gave him the run support he needed manufacturing runs right off the bat in the first inning when Carl Crawford walked on five pitches and BJ Upton doubled to right. Carlos Pena came up and drove Crawford in on a gound ball to Brian Roberts for the RBI. The Rays didn’t score again until the fourth to go up 2-0.
The Orioles rallied as Aubry Huff came up with two out and doubled to left, and then Garza gave up a home run to Adam Jones with a slider that stayed in the middle of the plate tying the game 2-2.
Garza then settled down to pitch two solid innings in the fifth and sixth. The Rays again manufactured another two runs on a Crawford single to put Garza in line for the win.
The bullpen then came in and dominated the O’s by putting all nine batters away that they faced, pitching a perfect three innings. Dan Wheeler got the Hold, his sixth, and Troy Percival got the Save which also gave him six for the season and 330 Saves for his career.
This brings up the question if Garza is still on the hot seat. He did do exactly what I think he should have done and had a very strong return from the disabled list. So if this start was what Maddon was hoping to go on I think he has his work cut out for him.
Hammel is the only one with even a “weak” start in the last eight games for the Rays but one start is not definitive enough to send a pitcher down in my personal opinion but Maddons got to do what Maddons got to do.