PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays went 21-27 in one-run games in 2012. Only the Twins and Mariners had more one-run losses in the American League.
Included in those losses were five 1-0 games, which matched the 2008 Twins for the most by an AL team since the 1976 Rangers lost seven.
The Rays also suffered five 2-1 losses. Additionally, the Rays lost 10 games in which they allowed one earned run or less, the most such losses since the 1991 Cardinals and the most by an AL team since the 1976 Brewers.
"Those one-run ballgames make a huge difference," David Price said. "That's one swing of the bat, one pitch, one error. It's just one play that can turn around a baseball game, especially a one-run game. If we can win more of those -- Baltimore did a great job of winning those last year, that's why they had so much success. If we can win a couple of more one-run games and games we're supposed to win, we'll be OK."