Rays Even Up Series With Game 2 Win

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday, October 24, 2008. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have posted their first World Series victory and tied the Fall Classic at one game apiece.

The Rays beat Philadelphia 4-2 in Game 2 with a combination of good starting pitching and small ball. James Shields earned the win with five and two-thirds shutout innings, scattering seven hits.

The Rays scored two runs in the first inning on one hit and a costly error. Leadoff batter Akinori Iwamura, who had three hits in the opener, opened the
game with a walk off Brett Myers. He advanced to third on a single by B.J. Upton, who advanced to second when right fielder Jayson Werth misplayed the ball.

Carlos Pena drove in the first run on a grounder to second with Upton moving to third. Evan Longoria then plated Upton with another groundout.

Upton's bases-loaded single in the second inning scored Dioner Navarro with the third run. Jason Bartlett scored Cliff Floyd from third base on a safety squeeze in the fourth.

Pinch-hitter Eric Bruntlett's home run in the top of the eighth inning produced the Phils first run. They added a run in the ninth on an error by third baseman Evan Longoria. Losing pitcher Myers went seven innings, allowing all four runs on seven hits.

There's a travel day Friday before the series resumes Saturday night in Philadelphia. Matt Garza of Tampa Bay will go against 45-year-old Jamie Moyer of the Phils in that game.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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