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Hernandez's complete game part of Rays' trend

Hernandez's complete game part of Rays' trend

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Roberto Hernandez became the fourth Ray to throw a complete game when he beat the D-backs on Tuesday.

Tampa Bay has seven complete games this season, all over the team's last 19 games. David Price owns three of them and got things started when he powered down the White Sox on July 7. Rookie Chris Archer has two in his last three starts, and Matt Moore picked up the first of his career when he blanked the Red Sox on July 22.

The Rays' seven complete games lead Major League Baseball, and no other team has thrown seven in 19 games since the Dodgers did it in 1988. That team went on to win the World Series.

"It's interesting to watch, and they're permitting the bullpen to get some rest," manager Joe Maddon said. "I was worried about [reliever Joel Peralta] at the end of the first half just based on appearances more than anything. Getting those complete games really makes a difference in the overall pitching performances."

SamStrong is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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