Willy Aybar's two-out single in the eighth put the Rays on top for good. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
A series of stellar defensive plays kept James Shields out of trouble early, and the Rays eventually broke through against Ervin Santana. Then in the eighth inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, Willy Aybar stroked a two-run single that provided the margin in a victory that gave the Rays the best record in the AL.
Game Scores: Santana, E , Shields . HBP: Teixeira (by Shields). Pitches-strikes: Santana, E 106-66, Shields, S 16-5, Oliver, D 17-11, Shields 103-70, Wheeler, D 10-7. Groundouts-flyouts: Santana, E 6-3, Shields, S 1-0, Oliver, D 0-0, Shields 6-3, Wheeler, D 0-1. Batters faced: Santana, E 25, Shields, S 4, Oliver, D 4, Shields 33, Wheeler, D 3. Inherited runners-scored: Oliver, D 3-3. Ejections: Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon ejected by 1B umpire Jerry Meals (6th) Umpires: HP:
Bill Miller. 1B: Jerry Meals. 2B: Gary Darling. 3B: Paul Emmel. Weather: 72 degrees, dome. Wind: Indoors. T:
2:20. Att: 15,902. Venue: Tropicana Field. August 19, 2008 August 19, 2008
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