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.