Tampa Bay Rays (56-59) at Chicago Cubs (49-65), 4:05 p.m. (ET)
08/08/2014 10:44 AM
08/09/2014 10:30 AM
(SportsNetwork.com) - After a thrilling extra-inning victory to start the series on Friday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Rays will try to continue their momentum on Saturday in an Interleague matchup with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The Rays carried a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth on Friday before Brad Boxberger blew a save by allowing an RBI single to Ryan Sweeney, but the road team responded in the top of the 10th with a game-winning RBI base hit off the bat of Kevin Kiermaier.
"I was ready to play all day and once I got in, I made a mistake on defense," said Kiermaier, who entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter. "That really didn't make me happy, so any time you do something like that, you want to redeem yourself."
Desmond Jennings scored the winning run after leading off the inning with a single. He finished the day 2-for-5, which included his 10th home run of the season. Ben Zobrist was also impressive with three hits and a run scored.
Chris Archer was strong in the no-decision, allowing just two runs (one earned) in six innings with six strikeouts. Boxberger (3-1) redeemed himself by finishing off the game in the bottom of the 10th to earn the win.
Tsuyoshi Wada (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 6 K) was solid for the Cubs, and he's now allowed two earned runs or less in four of his five career starts. Hector Rondon (3-4) was saddled with the loss.
Starlin Castro and John Baker both contributed RBI singles for Chicago. Javier Baez's hot start to his career came to a halt with four strikeouts.
Tampa Bay will send Jake Odorizzi to the hill on Saturday. The 24-year-old has been up and down on the campaign at 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA, although he has shown flashes of promise by striking out 130 batters in 116 2/3 innings.
Odorizzi had won three consecutive starts heading into his latest outing on Aug. 3, when he was touched for eight hits, three walks and five runs in a loss to the Angels.
The right-hander has pitched especially poorly on the road, owning a 5.73 ERA with opposing batters hitting .303 against him.
Edwin Jackson gets the call for the Cubs, as he tries to improve upon a 6-11 record. His 5.66 ERA ranks last in all of baseball among qualified starters.
Jackson has pitched better of late by allowing three earned runs or less in three of his last four starts, including his last time out on Aug. 3 when he pitched six innings and allowed two runs with six strikeouts in a win over the Dodgers.
Jackson, who pitched for the Rays from 2006-08, is 3-1 against his old team with a 2.25 ERA.
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