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Rays blow lead and fall to Jays in Extras

The Rays took on the Blue Jays in the final game of this three-game series and six-game two city road trip. Jeremy Hellickson looked to get back on track as he has struggled through out the season thus far.

Hellickson has had problems in the first of his starts this year and that continued on Wednesday as Anthony Gose lead off the game with a double and Jose Bautista drove him in with an RBI single putting the Rays behind 1-0 early. It did not take long for the Rays to answer and take a lead of their own.

A single by Jose Molina followed by a walk to Desmond Jennings set up back-to-back singles by Ryan Roberts and Ben Zobrist scoring both runners and giving the Rays a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Jose Bautista who had a great day against Hellickson tied the game up once again with a long solo home run to left squaring things up at 2-2.

The Orioles pitchers sent down fifteen straight Rays at one point and it was not until the ninth inning that the Rays would re-take the lead. Evan Longoria waited until the ninth inning but his double not only extended his streak to sixteen games but it allowed James Loney to bring him in on a single up the middle to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead in the final frame.

Fernando Rodney came on in the ninth looking to close this one out for the Rays, but could not get the job done. Jose Bautista hit his second solo home run of the game and Rodney had his fourth blown save of the season.

The Jays did not waste much time in extra innings. Colby Rasmus had a lead-off single and after being moved over to third on a bunt and a ground out, who else but Jose Bautista would deliver a walk-off single to give the Blue Jays a 4-3 victory over the Rays.

Tampa Bay returns home to take on the Yankees this weekend with the first game of the series being on Friday, first pitch set for 7:10 PM.

 

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