Davis dominating out of the bullpen

Davis dominating out of the bullpen

Davis dominating out of the bullpen
ST. PETERSBURG -- Wade Davis blanked the Rangers in the 10th and 11th innings of Friday night's game to earn the win on his 27th birthday.

"I just wanted to go out and keep the game right there, make some pitches and keep it flowing," Davis said.

While Davis looked dominant, he said it was not the best he's thrown this season.

"No, I made some mistakes here and there," Davis said. "Fell behind going back out to start the inning and to the second hitter, but just wanted to go out there and get some outs.

"In that kind of situation, I wouldn't let anybody get on base with the top of the order coming up. It's nice we got the [caught stealing for the third out in the 11th] right there. That was pretty big."

Since the All-Star break, 15 of Davis' 16 outings have been scoreless. In addition, his striking out the side in the 10th was the eighth time he's done so this season. Only Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel (13) and Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman (9) have done it more.

Davis had been a starter with the team until this season and likely will be a starter again in the future. But he's made the most of being a reliever this season.

"It's fun," Davis said. "You want to go out there and contribute. You want to help the team win. You want to feel like you were a part of it. That's kind of our goal."