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Rays pitcher Roberto Hernandez overcame a three-run first inning to earn his fifth win of the season.
by Steve Carney, 620 WDAE
Roberto Hernandez overcame a tough start to earn his fifth win, and Luke Scott homered and drove in three as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Houston Astros 4-3 Saturday at Tropicana Field.
Hernandez started poorly, allowing a single to Carlos Pena to start the ballgame, and after Jose Altuve grounded into a fielder's choice, Jason Castro doubled the second baseman to third base. J.D. Martinez then grounded out to shortstop Yunel Escobar, though Altuve came home to opent he scoring. Wallace then uncorked a long home run to right field to extend the deficit to 3-0.
Tampa Bay got on the board in the fifth inning, as Wil Myers singled to start the inning, and Scott followed with a blast to right to cut the deficit back to a second run.
James Loney grounded out and Jose Molina grounded out on a deflection to shortstop for the first two outs of the inning, but Yunel Escobar doubled to left-center, stole third base and tied the game scoring on a bunt single by Desmond Jennings.
Myers and Loney hooked up again an inning later to break the tie, as the rookie right fielder singled with two out, stole second base, and scored on a single to right by the Tampa Bay DH.
Following his poor first inning, Hernandez allowed just two hits through the next five innings to improve to 5-10.
Jake McGee and Joel Peralta each worked a scoreless inning of relief, and Fernando Rodney closed out the game with a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save.
Tampa Bay can take the series and finish the homestand 12-2 with a win in Sunday's finale. Chris Archer (3-3, 3.59 ERA) will get the start against Erik Bedard (3-5, 4.67 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:40, with coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starting at 11:30 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.