Now Commenting On:

Peralta sets Rays mark for career relief outings

Peralta sets Rays mark for career relief outings play video for Peralta sets Rays mark for career relief outings

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay's Joel Peralta set the franchise record for relief appearances with his 251st when he entered Sunday's 8-5 win against the Red Sox in the seventh inning.

It might have been a record-setting appearance, but it was far from Peralta's best. The Rays were leading Boston, 3-1, when Peralta was summoned to protect the advantage, but the reliever gave up a pinch-hit, game-tying two-run homer to Jonny Gomes.

The Rays bailed out Peralta in the bottom of the inning when Sean Rodriguez hit a pinch-hit three-run shot that put the Rays up, 6-3, and Yunel Escobar drove in two more with a double. The five-run inning gave Peralta the win in relief.

Peralta broke Dan Wheeler's record of 250 relief appearances, although it took Wheeler seven seasons to reach that number, while Peralta is only in his fourth season with the ballclub.

>"Here's a guy that always pitches in the wintertime, too. So try to include the number of appearances he's made in winter ball into that number -- that even makes it more staggering," manager Joe Maddon said.

The Rays' all-time games pitched record is 266, held by Esteban Yan, who made 245 relief appearances and 21 starts.

Peralta is 2-3 with a 5.24 ERA on the season.

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

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español