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Rays get the breaks to avoid sweep

Rays get the breaks to avoid sweep

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Outfielder Wil Myers had two hits and drove in a pair, including the game-winning run Thursday.

by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE

After a stretch where it seemed like every break went against the Tampa Bay Rays, it was nice to see the tide turnthe other way.

An RBI double by Wil Myers in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie and give the Rays a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox Thursday.

James Loney started the frame by grounding out off Drake Britton.  Red Sox manager John Farrell went to Rubby De La Rosa, who allowed Longoria to double to deep left-center, and after getting Matt Joyce to pop out, Myers flared an offering that landed on the chalk for a double, bringing in Longoria to break the tie.

Tampa Bay to an early lead, as Longoria tripled to lead off the second, and scored two batters later when Myers singled back through the box to make it 1-0.

The Rays added a second run an inning later on a double by Loney, scoring David DeJesus, and after Jarrod Saltalamacchia got the Red Sox on the board in the fourth with a solo home run off Jeremy Hellickson, Desmond Jennings countered with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the frame off Jake Peavy.

Boston cut the lead to 3-2 in the sixth as David Ortiz led off the inning with a monster shot to left-center, and Joe Maddon decided Hellickson's evening was done two batters later when he walked Saltalamacchia.  After jamey Wright struck out Jonny Gomes for the second out of the inning, Saltalamacchia stole second base, and scored on a double by Stephen Drew to tie the game.

Jake McGee earned his fifth win by throwing a perfect top of the eighth inning, while Fernando Rodney allowed an infield hit by Drew and walked pinch-hitter Mike Carp, but struck out Will Middlebrooks and got Pedroia to pop out and complete his 34th save.

Tampa Bay will head to Minnesota for a three-game weekend series with the Twins.  Friday's opener will feature Chris Archer (8-7, 3.19 ERA) taking on Kevin Correia (9-11, 4.30 ERA).  Pregame coverage starts at 7:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch, with first pitch scheduled for 8:10. 

 

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