He was supposed be a stop-gap. Nothing more.
Instead, Erasmo Ramirez is becoming one of the mainstays of the Tampa Bay Rays’ pitching staff.
Ramirez shut out the Washington Nationals as the Rays rolled to a 6-1 victory for its fourth straight win Monday night at Tropicana Field. Ramirez, now 6-2 on the season, scattered five hits and left the bases loaded in the first and fifth innings.
The Rays are now seven games above .500 and lead the Yankees by one game in the AL East.
The Nationals let outfielder Steven Souza Jr. walk away during the off-season. And they watched him walk away during the game, too. Five times, Souza drew a walk, the most the Nationals have given up to an opponent.
Logan Forsythe had three hits and both Joey Butler and Kevin Kiermaier had two.
The teams play again tonight at 7:10 when the Rays’ Alex Colome faces Washington’s Turner Roark.