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Drew Rasmussen loses perfect game in 9th as Rays beat Orioles

We’ll have to attend at the very least a little bit longer to see one other excellent sport on the big-league degree.

Rays pitcher Drew Rasmussen didn’t permit a baserunner by means of eight innings earlier than giving up a lead-off double within the ninth inning to the Orioles’ Jorge Mateo on Sunday at Tropicana Subject.

Mateo moved to 3rd on a Terrin Vavra groundout to second and got here round to attain on a wild pitch that will’ve punched out Brett Phillips, however he superior to first on the dropped third strike.

That was Rasmussen’s final batter, however he bought a standing ovation as he was pulled from the sport. He allowed one hit and one earned run whereas hanging out seven in 8 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old right-hander was notably environment friendly, throwing simply 87 pitches, 62 of which had been strikes.

Drew Rasmussen of the Rays pitching on Sunday in opposition to the Orioles.
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The Rays held on to beat the Orioles, 4-1, as Rasmussen improved to 7-4 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.80.

The Rays’ win within the rubber match in opposition to the Orioles comes a day after the benches cleared in one other Tampa win over Baltimore because the AL East foes battle for a wild-card spot.

The final excellent sport in MLB got here on Aug. 15, 2012, when Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez was excellent in opposition to the Rays in Seattle.

Matt Garza stays the one Rays pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter.

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