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Rays turn to Erasmo Ramirez for first starter’s victory of year

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Okay. Who had Erasmo Ramirez in the pool?

Ramirez, who wasn’t even in the starting rotation of the Tampa Bay Rays until Saturday, became the first starter to win a game for the team. Backed by three home runs, the Rays broke out for seven runs in a 7-2 victory over the White Sox.

Tampa Bay had been shut out in its previous two games and had only one run in its last three. It was the lowest-scoring team in the majors.

Ramirez threw 5 2/3 innings of three-hit, shutout baseball to go to 2-0 on the season. Behind him, Brandon Guyer had a solo home run and Brad Miller had a three-run shot.

Brad Lawry hit a two-run homer to halve the deficit, but the Rays added three more runs to win going away. Desmond Jennings hit the Rays’ third homer of the game.

Miller had two hits, matching his season total for the Rays. Evan Longoria, Jennings and Steven Souza Jr. also had two hits.

Matt Moore takes the mound for the Rays today against Chicago’s Jose Quintana.

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

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