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Rays’ Jake Odorizzi finally gets some run support in victory

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As it turns out, the Tampa Bay Rays do like pitcher Jake Odorizzi after all.

Finally, the Rays gave Odorizzi some support in an 8-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, including four home runs over a stretch of eight batters. It had to feel different for Odorizzi. Before Wednesday night, Odorizzi had led the American League in the lowest run support, averaging only 3.16 runs per game.

The Rays scored three runs in the fourth inning on a run-scoring double by Logan Forsythe and a two-run double by Asdrubal Cabrera. They added five more in the sixth and seventh. Hitting homers for the Rays were Forsythe, Tim Beckham, J.P. Arencibia and Mikie Mahtook.

James Loney had three hits for the Rays, while Brandon Guyer, Forsythe and Tim Beckham all had two. Earlier in the day, Forsythe was named as the American League Player of the Week.

Odorizzi seemed to adjust to the run support just fine. He gave up six hits and no runs in his six innings.

The Rays are off today, then start a 10-game home streak Friday night against Boston. Chris Archer pitches against Wade Miley.

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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