The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago Cubs for a second straight day. The game was televised on ESPN, something the Rays will have to get used to as they just keep winning and winning. They topped the Cubs last night in Tampa 5-4. The Rays are now 42-29.
Andy Sonnanstine started for the Rays and picked up his eighth win of the season. Sonnanstine lased only five innings and gave up three Cub runs. He walked two and struck out four. Troy Percival came on in the ninth inning to protect a 5-3 lead. He coughed up a solo home run to Geovany Soto, but locked up the win and his 17th save of the year.
The Rays got all five of their runs in the first three innings, including four in the third inning off of Carlos Zambrano. The Rays got only one extra base hit (a Carl Crawford double) and only not a single player had more than one hit. However, it was enough to get the win. Akinori Iwamura walked twice and scored twice while Crawford added a walk and a run scored to his double.
The Rays will look to sweep the Cubs as they wrap up their series on Thursday night. James Shields is back from his suspension and will get the start. Game time is 7:10pm.
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