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Rays accomplish rare feat in shutout victory

KANSAS CITY -- Tuesday night's win was the third time in club history the Rays have won a 1-0 game in which they didn't score until the ninth inning or later. The other times were Sept. 13, 2010, against the Yankees at Tropicana Field, a game won by a Reid Brignac homer in the 11th, and Aug. 14, 2005, against the Indians in Cleveland, when Travis Lee hit a pinch-hit homer in the ninth.

The win was only the second time in team history when they allowed as many as nine hits in a shutout victory. On June 5, 2006, the Devil Rays allowed 11 hits to the Angels in a 4-0 win.

Right-handed 25-year-old Chris Archer blanked the Royals for seven innings, while 22-year-old Yordano Ventura kept the Rays scoreless over six frames, making for the first American League game in nearly five years in which both starters age 25 or younger did not allow a run.

On April 28, 2009, Phil Hughes of the Yankees at age 22 locked up with Edwin Jackson (25) of the Tigers turned the trick before the Detroit's bullpen allowed 11 runs in an 11-0 final. In the interim, there were 13 National League or Interleague games of that kind.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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