Jose Godoy (2-for-3) had two of the Cardinals’ six hits, which were all singles. Jesus Ustariz drove in Casey Grayson for the Cards’ lone RBI.
Johnson City starter Ian McKinney allowed one run in six innings. He gave up eight hits, walked one and struck out seven while lowering his ERA to 1.26.
Sasha Kuebel (1-1) allowed three runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning en route to the loss.
Hector Montes was 3-for-4 for the Rays (16-15), who tallied 13 hits. Riley Unroe, Thomas Milone, Carter Burgess and Taylor Hawkins had two hits apiece. Milone and Angel Moreno each drove in two runs.
Game two between the Cardinals (15-15) and Rays is set for tonight at 7.