The Tampa Bay Rays (69-46) defeated the St. Louis Cardinals (49-65) 4-2 on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
This win came hours after Rays manager Kevin Cash said that it was unlikely ace pitcher Shane McClanahan would return this season, though no final decisions have been made regarding the star lefthander's future.
Trailing 1-0 going into the seventh inning, Isaac Paredes tied the game with his 22nd home run of the season in the seventh inning. The Rays then broke out with three runs in the eighth inning that would be enough to win the game.
Zach Eflin allowed one earned run on four hits in his seven innings of work in which he struck out eighth and walked none. Jason Adam (3-2, 2.74) picked up the win with a scoreless eighth inning. Though he allowed a run in the ninth, Pete Fairbanks held on for his 15th save of the season.
The Rays and Cardinals now meet in the middle game of their three game series on Wednesday night. First pitch at Tropicana Field is scheduled for 6:40 PM on Wednesday - Ronnie & T-Kras begin pregame coverage with the Inside Pitch at 5:30 PM on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620, your Home of Rays Baseball.
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