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1:10 PM ET, May 22, 2011
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida
MIAMI -- James Shields shook his head in frustration after allowing a walk with two outs in the ninth inning, upset that he might not get to finish a game that he dominated.Allowed to continue by manager Joe Maddon, Shields completed his gem with style.Shields finished off a three-hitter by striking out Gaby Sanchez to set a new career best with 13 strikeouts, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Florida Marlins 4-0 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep."I think I put a little stress on Joe right there by walking that guy, but he let me go out there and I commend him for that," Shields said. "I wanted to finish it real bad."
Big K James
With 13 strikeouts on Sunday, James Shields became just the fourth pitcher since 2005 to strike out that many in a shutout.
Most Strikeouts in a Shutout Since 2005
|* - Ties Rays franchise record|
Shields' previous career high was 12 strikeouts, which he has done three times -- last on April 30 in a no-decision against the Los Angeles Angels. ... After not committing an error, the Rays have gone their first 47 games without a multi-error game. The streak is the second-longest at the start of a season in major league history and Tampa Bay can match the 2010 Twins' record Tuesday night at Detroit. ... With a walk in the ninth inning, Florida LF Logan Morrison reached base for the 24th time in 24 games this season. It's the longest streak in the majors. ... Tampa Bay RF Matt Joyce, who came into the game second in the majors with a .358 average, went 1 for 4. ... Tampa Bay finished with seven hits, the 10th consecutive game the team was held in single digits.
Regular Season Series
|2nd||J Shields grounded into fielder's choice to third, C Kotchman scored, S Rodriguez safe at third on error by third baseman G Dobbs, K Shoppach to second.||1||0|
|2nd||E Johnson grounded into fielder's choice to second, S Rodriguez scored, J Shields out at second, K Shoppach to third.||2||0|
|3rd||M Joyce doubled to deep right, E Longoria scored.||3||0|
|3rd||C Kotchman tripled to deep center, M Joyce scored.||4||0|
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|Stadium||Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL|
|Attendance||15,432 (41.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||87 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Laz Diaz, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Wally Bell|
In his shutout of the Marlins, James Shields also drove in a run with his bat -- beating the Marlins by himself, in a manner of speaking. It was his 2nd career RBI, and it puts him in a select group of American League pitchers in the last 35 years to pull off the shutout/RBI trick.[+]
James Shields * Ties Rays record for strikeouts in a game. Scott Kazmir had 13 on August 25, 2007 vs Athletics. * Sets mark for most strikeouts by a Rays pitcher in a shutout-- 13-- breaks the previous mark set by former Ray Steve Trachsel in a 1-0 win over Pedro Martinez and the Red Sox on May 6, 2000 (11 K). * Since 2008, only 2 pitchers have thrown a shutout, allowed 3 hits or fewer, and struck out 13+ -- Brandon Morrow (2010 Blue Jays, 17 K 1-hitter vs Rays) and James Shields.
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