This time, the Rays’ save should go to Pearce

by Gary Shelton on June 11, 2016 · 0 comments

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Colome has now converted 18 straight saves.

Colome has now converted 18 straight saves.

Saturday, 5:45 a.m.

Usually, the last image you would remember would be that of Alex Colome, his arms lifted triumphantly after saving another game.

After all, Colome had worked his way out of bases-loaded, one-out situation in the ninth. He had struck out Colby Rasmus. He had saved his 18th game without surrendering a run.

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Steve Pearce led the Rays with his bat, glove.

Steve Pearce led the Rays with his bat, glove.

This time, however, the save should have been reserved for Steve Pearce.

Pearce stretched to catch a one-hop throw from shortstop Brad Miller and enable the Rays on the game's final out to allow Tampa Bay to beat the Astros, 4-3. Pearce also had three hits (two of them doubles) as Tampa Bay built a 4-0 lead and hung on.

"Brad Miller, tremendous play," manager Kevin Cash said, "and Steve Pearce probably as good to pick it out right there, because they put all kind of pressure on us and they made an awesome play together."

“He (Miller) gave me a good hop, something I could handle,” Pearce said.

Since May 1, Pearce is hitting .365 with six doubles and seven home runs.

Miller also had two hits, as did Logan Forsythe, who returned to the lineup after missing a month.

Pitcher Matt Andriese acknowledged he didn't have his best stuff, but he still got the win to go to 5-0 after not making the original starting rotation.

Tampa Bay's Chris Archer goes for his fifth win of the season today.

Miller had a strong game defensively for the Rays

Miller had a strong game defensively for the Rays

 

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