ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Drew Rasmussen drove a perfect game into the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays extended their lead over Baltimore to 1½ games for the final AL wildcard with a 4-1 win over the Orioles on Sunday.
Rasmussen allowed his first baserunner when Jorge Mateo doubled down the left field line on the first pitch of the ninth. Mateo, who went 5-a-side on Friday night, later scored on a wild pitch from Rasmussen.
The right-hander batted seven over 8⅓ innings, the longest outing of his career. He threw 62 of 87 pitches for strikes.
Jason Adam had two outs for his sixth save, finishing a one-hitter.
Rasmussen (7-4) hit Rougned Odor on a 2-2 pitch to finish an eight-pitch at-bat for the second out in the eighth.
Baltimore’s Adleyrutschman flew first to the center warning lane. Former Ray Brett Phillips had a hard drive buzz on Rasmussen in the sixth with two outs, but shortstop Taylor Walls caught the ball and shot for the first for the out.
Rasmussen had gone three innings without hitting on his previous start on Aug. 7 in Detroit, a truncated outing to handle his workload for the season. His longest career start had been seven innings, on June 4 against the Chicago White Sox.
There hasn’t been a perfect game in the majors since Seattle’s Felix Hernandez pulled off the feat at home against the Rays on Aug. 15, 2012.
Tampa Bay has never thrown a perfect game. Matt Garza has the Rays’ only no-hitter on July 26, 2010 at Tropicana Field against Detroit.
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34399566/drew-rasmussen-takes-perfect-game-ninth-inning-rays-victory Drew Rasmussen takes perfect game into ninth inning in Tampa Bay Rays’ victory over Baltimore Orioles