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Jake Odorizzi again shines as Tampa Bay wins one against New York

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The bottom of the American League East standings is hardly the place you would look for an ace. Nevertheless, Jake Odorizzi of the Tampa Bay Rays continues to shine.

Odorizzi, 4-0 in his last six starts, took another victory Sunday in a 12-3 victory over the New York Yankees. Odorizzi has a 1.66 ERA since the break.

The Rays led only 3-2 going into the fourth inning, but scored six runs that inning and four more in the seventh. In the fourth, Corey Dickerson had a three-run homer and Evan Longoria had a two-run double. Longoria had four RBI on the day.

Longoria and Nick Franklin each had three hits for Tampa Bay. Logan Forsythe and Matt Duffy each had two. In all, the Rays had 15 hits.

“Nice win,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash. “We talked about getting some support out of the bottom of our linup. We got it today.”

Odorizzi went six innings and allowed three earned runs.

He said he has gone to his fastball more in his current streak. He is 7-5 on the season.

“It’s good to have the results match how I’m feeling,” Odorizzi said.

The Rays return home tonight to face San Diego when Drew Smyly pitches against Luis Perdomo.

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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