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Rays’ Matt Andriese throws a gem at Oakland to even series

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You might have expected a pitching performance like this from the Tampa Bay Rays all along.

You might have expected the stuff. You might have expected the two-hitter. You might have expected the shutout.

But would you ever expect it from Matt Andriese?

Andriese was masterful Saturday now, throwing a two-hit shutout against the Oakland A’s. Only Matt McBride and Danny Valencia got singles against Andriese, who struck out five. It was the first career shutout for Andriese and an argument for him to stay in the rotation. He only has 10 starts in the majors.

You never take that (spot) for granted. I felt like every day I’m fighting for myself,” Andriese said. “Today helped me build on that and I’m pretty excited about the outing.”

Brad Miller’s two-run home run off Kendall Gravemen gave the Rays the runs they needed after Brandon Guyer’s double in the third.

Steve Pearce and Kevin Kiermaier drove in runs in the sixth to push Tampa Bay’s lead to 4-0. Guyer added a two-run single in the eighth.

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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