Rays Return Favor With 5-0 Shutout

W – David Price (19-6)     L – Brad Bergesen (8-11)

– David Price showed why he is in top consideration for AL Cy Young with a masterful 8 inning performance. The Orioles managed to record 6 hits but failed to score a run and struck out 8 times.
– Brad Bergesen continued to struggle against the Rays although this was his first appearance at Tropicana Field. He allowed two homeruns as Tampa Bay scored 5 times against him on 6 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings. He struck out 2 batters.
– Mark Hendrickson pitched two perfect innings in the 6th and 7th to hold the Rays to five runs and Pedro Viola struck out 2 batters in a perfect 8th.
– Nick Markakis was the only left handed batter in the game against the lefty Price and he proceeded to hit a single and a double. Matt Wieters also hit a double in the game, his 22nd.
– The other three hits were singles from Julio Lugo, Robert Andino, and Jake Fox.
– The Orioles were 0-6 with runners in scoring position. We had a few opportunities but Price was just on the top of his game.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 2-4, double (45) (.293 AVG)

The Rays clinched a playoff spot with the win last night, but they’re still fighting for the AL East division title. The Orioles will play them once more tonight as Kevin Millwood (3-16, 5.29) faces Jeff Niemann (11-7, 4.49).

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