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Win streak reaches seven games in extra innings walk-off fashion


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Rays outfielder Kelly Johnson is congratulated by teammates after his two-run homer in the sixth tied Wednesday's game.  Tampa Bay won 4-3 in 13 innings.

by Steve Carney, 620 WDAE Rays beat reporter
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Ben Zobrist made sure the fifth time was indeed the charm for the Rays.

The second baseman's RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning broke a 3-3 tie to extend Tampa Bay's win streak to seven straight games with a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday.

The Rays got started in the second, as Wil Myers and Kelly Johnson led off with singles off Kevin Correia.  Jose Molina sacrificed both runners up a base, and Yunel Escobar brought in Myers with a sacrifice fly to right.

Minnesota ensured that lead didn't last, as Jeremy Hellickson gave up a leadoff single to Eduardo Escobar, and Pedro Florimon followed with a blast into the right-centerfield seats for a 2-1 lead.

The Twins tacked on a third run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Clete Thomas.

The Rays drew even in the sixth, as James Loney singled to start the frame, and Johnson, who had four home runs off Correia in his career, added his fifth, a two-run shot to make it 3-3.

Tampa Bay had multiple chances in extra innings to end the game.  Aaron Hicks made an amazing catch on another Johnson blast, this time to centerfield, to end the tenth, and Sam Fuld struck out with Evan Longoria in scoring position in the 12th.

Escobar singled off Ryan Pressly with one out in the 13th, moved to second on a errant pickoff throw, and after a fly out by Desmond Jennings and walk to Luke Scott, Zobrist laced a ball into the right-centerfield gap to bring in Escobar with the game-winner.

The win helps Tampa Bay keep pace with the Yankees and Orioles, who both won Wednesday as well.

Tampa Bay will look to sweep Thursday afternoon, as Matt Moore (12-3, 3.42 ERA) takes on Mike Pelfrey (4-6, 5.63 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 12:10, with coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starting at 11:30.

 

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