Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson had not won a game in nine straight starts dating back to May 16th but Brooks Conrad’s two-run blast in the fifth inning was enough for the Rays to give the 2011 AL rookie of the year his fifth win of the season. The Rays bullpen didn’t allow a hit after Hellickson exited with one out in the seventh.
Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen pitched well but the O’s offense was just plain shut down as the Taiwanese rookie lost his sixth game.
Fernando Rodney was hit on the hand on a comebacker to the mound but he worked through some uncharacteristic command issues to record his 28th save. The Rays All-Star closer struck out Adam Jones and Matt Wieters on other-worldly changeups. The batted ball of his hand seemed to affect his fastball command but certainly not the changeup. Continue reading