Tampa Bay vs Houston Wrap - Tampa Bay Wins 7-5
Tampa Bay pitchers gave up 2 home runs to Brett Wallace but still escaped with a 7-5 victory on Thursday at Minute Maid Park.
The Rays were a -155 favorite in the win. The combined score went OVER the total, which closed at 8.5.
Jamey Wright earned the victory for the Rays, throwing 1 inning of work, striking out 2, walking 0, and allowing 1 hit and 0 earned runs. That effort was supported by 3 RBIs from Yunel Escobar in the win.
Houston's starting pitcher Jordan Lyles worked 6 2/3 innings, giving up 6 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 1 in the loss. They got 3 hits from Brett Wallace in a losing cause.
The battle of the bats favored Tampa Bay as they had 9 hits, while Houston only had 5.
Fernando Rodney pitched the final 1 inning for the save. He struck out 1 and allowed 0 hits in his outing.
Next game, Tampa Bay takes its act home to face Chicago looking for another win. For Houston, they head on the road to face Texas.