Drew Rasmussen loses perfect game in 9th as Rays beat Orioles

At the very least, we’ll have to wait a little longer to see another perfect game at the highest level.

Rays-pitcher Drew Rasmussen didn’t allow a baserunner through eight innings before giving up a lead-off double in the ninth inning to Jorge Mateo of Orioles on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Mateo advanced to third on a groundout by Terrin Vavra to second and came around to score on a wild pitch that eliminated Brett Phillips, but he moved to first after the dropped third strike.

That was Rasmussen’s last batter, but he got a standing ovation when he was taken out of the game. He gave up one basehit and one earned run while striking out seven in 8 1/3 innings. The 27-year old righthander was remarkably efficient, throwing only 87 pitches, including 62 strikes.

Drew Rasmussen of the Rays pitched against the Orioles on Sunday.
Drew Rasmussen of the Rays pitched against the Orioles on Sunday.

The Rays beat the Orioles 4-1, while Rasmussen improved to 7-4 this season and lowered his ERA to 2.80.

The Rays’ victory in the rubber game against the Orioles comes a day after the benches were empty again in another Tampa win over Baltimore as the AL East foes battle for a wildcard spot.

The last perfect game in MLB came on August 15, 2012, when Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez was perfect against the Rays in Seattle.

Matt Garza remains the only Rays pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter.

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