ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays finally scored a run, and got a victory too.
Desmond Jennings had a two-run single during a four-run fourth inning and the Rays snapped a club-record 31-inning scoring drought en route to beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Wednesday night.
"Outstanding," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "The guys needed that, and you could just see them relax immediately."
Tampa Bay, which won for just the second time in 16 games, had been shut out in its previous three games. The Rays had scored 35 runs over the previous 15 games.
"It's been so awkward to watch this other side of this whole thing," Maddon said. "I'm not going to say we're cured, but I definitely believe it's a step in the right direction."
Yadier Molina had two RBIs for the Cardinals, who entered with three consecutive shutout pitching performances. St. Louis pitchers had their streak of 30 scoreless innings end.
The Rays' big fourth inning came against Michael Wacha (4-5).
Matt Joyce had an RBI single, with a second run scoring when center fielder Peter Bourjos was charged with an error for misplaying the hit. After Wacha walked Yunel Escobar and Ryan Hanigan to load the bases, Jennings drove in two with a single.
"That's a great feeling to come through and really kick-start the party," Joyce said.
Wacha allowed four runs, four hits and four walks in five innings.
"He just never really found his fastball, for whatever reason," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "His timing was off and it was a fight for him."
Wacha had given up three runs or less in 13 straight starts to begin the season, which was the longest season-opening stretch by a Cardinals pitcher since a 14-game run by Lee Meadows in 1917.
Bourjos was robbed of an extra-base hit with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth when right fielder Kevin Kiermaier made a full-extension diving catch on a liner.