ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon thinks the Rays' latest victory came in a ''really classic kind of
and two relievers combined on a six-hitter and
homered to lead AL East-leading Tampa Bay past Toronto 1-0 Wednesday night.
''This team finds a way to win,'' Garza said. ''It's amazing.''
Garza (11-7) allowed six hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 7 2-3 innings for the Rays.
got the final out in the eighth before
pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances.
Pena provided the scoring with a solo homer in the fourth, his 27th of the season and sixth over his past 13 games.
, who moved from right to left field to start the ninth, ended the game with a leaping catch to take away an extra-base hit
''It was a very exciting finish,'' Maddon said.
Tampa Bay, an AL-best 48-19 at home, remains 3 1/2 games ahead of Boston, which beat the
New York Yankees
''We don't quit,'' Garza said. ''Everybody is out there for one reason, that's to try to get to October.''
gave up five hits and struck out a career-high 11 in eight innings for his first career complete game. The left-hander was
coming off a start Aug. 20 against the
New York Yankees
in which he allowed five earned runs and seven hits in four innings.
''Two great pitchers tonight,'' Toronto manager
said. ''They pitched a great ballgame.''
Purcey struck out 10 and allowed just three hits - two by Pena, including the homer - in the first five innings. His previous
high for strikeouts was eight.
''I've been trying to pound the zone,'' Purcey said. ''I just tried to keep us in the game. That's all I can do.''
Purcey tied the
' rookie mark for strikeouts. He is the fourth pitcher to do it, and the first since
had 11 on Oct. 1, 2004, against the Yankees.
got one hit, including a third-inning double by
, in each of the first four innings, but failed to score.
Garza retired nine in a row after
's single with two outs in the fourth.
ended the stretch with a two-out single in the seventh. After a single by Barajas put runners on first and second,
''He's got a great fastball,'' Gaston said. ''He can reach back and get a couple extra miles an hour on it. Curveball and
changeup is good as well. It makes him really unhittable sometimes.''
drew two-out walks in the eighth to end Garza's night. Balfour entered and struck out
on three pitches.
The announced attendance was just 12,678, the fifth straight Rays' home game with a crowd under 20,000.
Notes: This was the seventh 1-0 game in the history of Tropicana Field, and the first this season. ... McDonald broke his
bat when he tapped it on the plate while hitting in the fifth inning. ... Rays C
(tight hamstring) didn't start but was available off the bench. He might sit Thursday, too. ... Toronto 3B
(shoulder) could return to the lineup Thursday. ... Tampa Bay 3B
(right wrist) swung a wiffle bat and is expected to take batting practice later this week. He hopes to return early next week.
... Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Ripken Baseball and the Rays announced the purchase
of the Class A Florida State League team in Vero Beach, Fla., and plan to relocate the franchise to Charlotte County, Fla.,