Odorizzi tames Royals in huge 12-0 win by Rays

by Gary Shelton on August 4, 2016 · 0 comments

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Miller is congratulated by third base coach Charlie Montoyo after his 18th home./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Miller is congratulated by third base coach Charlie Montoyo after his 18th home./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Thursday,  5:45 a.m.

Maybe Jake Odorizzi will never give up another run.

Certainly, Odorizzi is pitching that way. He last three straights – 20 2/3 innings — have been scoreless. He's given up a total of 13 hits. The franchise record is 27.1 IP by J.P. Howell in 2012, and the record for a starter is 24.2 IP by Alex Cobb in 2014.

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Odorizzi hasn't given up a run in his last three starts./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Odorizzi hasn't given up a run in his last three starts./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Wednesday night, Odorizzi threw a two-hit shutout  over his six innings and the Rays won a 12-0 game over a Kansas City team that had had its way with Tampa Bay this season. The Royals had won 12 of 13 games.

“I don’t really know if there’s one certain thing to put a finger on," Odorizzi said. "Just getting ahead a little better, my fastball’s had some good life to it, my split has been tremendously better than it was at the beginning of the year. So I think the culmination of all of those couple things, like I said — I wouldn’t attribute it to one single thing. At the same time, I don’t really care — I just want it to keep going.”

Tampa Bay scored four in the first and five in the sixth in a rare easy victory. The Rays had 14 hits: three each by Steven Souza and Nick Franklin and two each by Logan Forsythe, Kevin Kiermeier and Brad Miller. Souza, Kiermaier and Miller all had home runs. The Rays also walked seven times.

“Things just were rough early, and now things are starting to even out later on," Odorizzi said. "I feel good as good now as I did earlier on in the season. I’m just having better results. I just hope it stays this way and my body keeps feeling good. That’s the most important thing.”

Odorizzi, who has 12 no-decisions on the year, has actually become the Rays' best starter.

“Probably the way he has made an effort to get earlier outs (is the difference)," manager Kevin Cash said. "Other than Cuthbert today, he really managed his pitches well. He threw a lot of strikes, he attacked. And he did that to Cuthbert—Cuthbert just had really good at-bats off him for whatever reason. I think he saw [25] pitches—that’s an inning and a half worth of pitches to one hitter. ... Since the break, he’s gotten really efficient and he’s getting some earlier outs.”

The Rays play the Royals today at 12:10 p.m. Drew Miller is scheduled to pitch against Ian Kennedy.

Evan Longoria fields a grounder hit by Kansas City's Alcides Escobar./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Evan Longoria fields a grounder hit by Kansas City's Alcides Escobar./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

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