The Cardinals beat the Rays 5-3 behind seven shutout innings by Jake Westbrook. Westbrook only allowed two hits, three walks and struck out seven. The Rays got three runs off of Lance Lynn in relief, but that was all. Colby Rasmus had four RBI, including a three-run home run in the top of the eighth. Fernando Salas earned his 14th save. The win was their fourth in a row and put the Cardinals’ record at 45-38, one game ahead of the Brewers.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Colby Rasmus’ home run set off fireworks on and off the field.
Rasmus hit a three-run shot during a wild eighth inning that featured four ejections, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Friday night.
“Colby’s got so much talent,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “When he gets into a game, a lot of good things happen. If he can keep that up, good at-bats, what a huge asset he would be.”
Jake Westbrook gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings for St. Louis, which has won four straight.
Minors: Lumberkings 5, River Bandits 3
Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras went a combined 0 for 8 in this game. Despite that, the Bandits did rally to tie the game 3-3 in the bottom of the 8th. However, the Lumberkings got to Dean Kiekhefer in the top of the ninth for two runs and held on for the 5-3 win. The Bandits’ record dropped to 43-34.
After finishing 22 games below .500 during the first half, the Clinton LumberKings have taken a new approach to the second half of the Midwest League season. Manager Eddie Menchaca has his team keeping it simple.
“What we’re trying to do is win the inning, one inning at a time. We weren’t getting blown out in the first half. We had to clean up the little things and win innings,” said Menchaca, whose team is 5-3 since the all-star break.
Clinton let a two-run lead slip away in the eighth inning Friday at Modern Woodmen Park, but the LumberKings won the inning that mattered the most, scoring twice in the ninth to take home a 5-3 victory over the Quad-Cities River Bandits.
The loss was the fourth straight for Quad-Cities, equaling the team’s longest skid of the season.
Here are some photos from the game: