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Rays walk off in Wild Card lead

Rays walk off in Wild Card lead

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Sam Fuld celebrates with teammates Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria after scoring the winning run Wednesday.

by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE

Desmond Jennings made a critical misread in the field, but was able to make up for it at the plate.

The centerfielder's RBI single in the bottom of the twelfth inning broke a 3-3 tie, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers got to starter Chris Archer, as Mitch Moreland doubled with one out in the inning and Jurickson Profar drew a walk.  Leonys Martin the tripled over the head of Jennings, who initially came in on the baseball, giving Texas a 2-0 lead.

The game remained 2-0 until the sixth, when Wil Myers singled with one out and was erased on a fielder's choice by Delmon Young.  Sean Rodriguez then blasted a two-run homer, his sixth of the year, to tie the game.

The game remained deadlocked until the top of the eleventh, when Roberto Hernandez hits Elvis Andrus with a pitch with one out.  Alex Torres then got Alex Rios to pop out, but Adrian Beltre singled to right, and when Myers took his time getting to the baseball, Andrus came all the way around from first base to break the tie.

Tampa Bay rallied in the bottom of the inning off closer Joe Nathan.  After Evan Longoria popped out, and Wil Myers struck out, Matt Joyce drew a walk.  Pinch-runner Freddy Guzman then stole second base and scored when David DeJesus singled up the middle.

Jose Lobaton started the bottom of the twelfth with a single.  Yunel Escobar sacrificed pinch-runner Sam Fuld to second, and Jennings brought him in with a single to center that Fuld scored on ahead of the throw.

The win puts the Rays back in the Wild Card lead, while the Rangers find themselves just a half-game ahead of Cleveland, who also lost Wednesday.

Tampa Bay will have a chance to grab not only a series victory, but also a season series win Thursday when Matt Moore (15-3, 3.11 ERA) takes on Yu Darvish (12-9, 2.79 ERA).  First pitch on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM is scheduled for 7:10.

 

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