ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Wil Myers ended a game that saw former Cy Young Award winners David Price and Tim Lincecum start out by matching each other nearly pitch-for-pitch.
Myers hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.
“He does not lack for confidence,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “He really wanted to be in that moment.”
Desmond Jennings drew a leadoff walk in the 10th from Jean Machi (2-1) and stole second. Ben Zobrist was intentionally walked and Evan Longoria walked to load the bases on four pitches before Myers won it on his 0-1 liner that went over the left fielder's head.
“It was just one of those things that I knew he had to throw a good pitch,” Myers said. “It's a good situation to be in, bases loaded, no outs. I just tried to stay calm up there.”
Myers' parents were in attendance for his first walko-ff hit. He had a 12-game hitting streak end Friday.
“It's pretty cool to have them here for this one,” Myers said.
Closer Fernando Rodney (4-2) allowed two hits during a scoreless 10th, striking out Brandon Crawford with two on and two out.
The starters were outstanding.
Price gave up one run, five hits and struck out five in nine innings. In seven starts since returning from a left triceps injury, the Rays left-hander has allowed just 10 runs, 38 hits, one walk, and struck out 40 over 57 innings.
“It's just executing pitches,” Price said.
Lincecum allowed one run, six hits, one walk and fanned five in seven innings.
“We know we were up against some good pitching and we knew we had to make something happen, but you don't go out there thinking 'I've got to pitch against Price, I've got to be perfect,”' Lincecum said. “I have to be perfect regardless of who I'm pitching against so it wasn't any added pressure.”