David Price was again on target, allowing one run on two hits through seven innings. Then the rain hit and for 38 minutes, he sat praying that manager Joe Maddon would let him return to the game.
His wish was granted, but after coming back from a 3-0 count to strike out Jonny Gomes, Maddon made a very questionable move by removing the ace from the game. It was so bad that one of the Rays’ television analysts echoed the sentiments of many fans by asking “why then?”
As Rays fans debated that odd move, the defense came up huge. Sam Fuld caught a fly ball and sent a rocket shot to Jose Molina, who tagged out Daniel Nava on what the home plate umpire later admitted was a wrong call to end that inning.
Red Sox fans probably have a legitimate gripe — though not that anyone feels bad for them considering the dirty, destructive, even childish acts their team has committed this season.
This victory concluded the Rays’ post All-Star break road trip 8-2 and put them back atop baseball’s toughest division, the AL East — amazing when you consider that every team they faced sports a .500 record or better.