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Rays’ pitching leads them to 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros

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They didn’t hit it often. They didn’t score until late.

But the Tampa Bay Rays eased their wounds Friday night, getting a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros as they began their final road trip before the all-star game.

Tampa Bay had only four hits, and it didn’t score until the seventh inning. But on a night when the Rays ended 18 games of torture – a 3-15 record – it was enough.

Erasmo Ramirez ran his record to 8-3, throwing six innings of four-hit baseball, and the relievers of Jake McGee, Kevin Jepson and Brad Boxberger allowed only one hit and no runs. In the bottom of the sixth, David DeJesus and Evan Longoria had RBI groundouts. Brandon Guyer hit a home run in the seventh for an insurance run.

Today, Jake Odorizzi returns to the Rays after spending time on the disabled list. Dallas Keuchel goes for his 12th win for Houston.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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