Rays Avert Ninth Inning Disaster, Win Series Over A’s

Rays Comeback Twice, ‘Pen Wobbles But Secures Win

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The Tampa Bay Rays finished their seven game homestand with another come from behind victory defeating the Oakland Athletics 5-4. Chase Whitley (2-1, 3.04 ERA) picks up the win for the Rays and Alex Colome worked out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth to pick up his 18th save on the year.

The Rays finish their homestand with a 5-2 record and improve to 34-32 on the season. With the series win they improve to 7-1-1 over their past nine series. They are are 11-8 over their past 18 games, 15-10 over their past 25, and 26-18 against right handed starters.

Daniel Coulombe (0-1, 2.18 ERA) took the loss for the Athletics who drop their eighth consecutive series and fall to 9-23 on the road and 27-36 on the year. The A’s struck out 10 times for the 33rd time in their first 63 games, matching their total for all of last year.

The Rays trailed 3-0 until scoring three runs on the back of five straight two out hits off Oakland starter Jesse Hahn in the fifth inning. The A’s took the lead in the top of the sixth but Colby Rasmus responded with a solo homer in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 4-4.

So Many Ways To Affect The Game:

Mallex Smith continues to impact the game. He led off the bottom of the seventh inning by placing a bunt that was fielded by the pitcher and thrown wildly down the right field line. Smith raced to third and came in to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Corey Dickerson.

Alex Colome, who blew the save on Friday night, put himself in danger issuing a 1-out walk and back-to-back singles to load the bases. He came back to retire Jed Lowrie on a pop out in foul territory and then struck out Khris Davis to end the game. The A’s are hitting just .156 (7-for-45) with the bases loaded this season.

Archer On Performance And Rays Resiliency:

Chris Archer worked into the seventh inning making 114-pitches 75 for strikes. He departed the game with a pair of runners on and nobody out in the seventh. Chase Whitley stranded both the inherited runners. Archer was charged with four earned runs on seven hits over six innings of work. He struck out eight and walked three.

Hahn’s Streaks Continue:

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Jesse Hahn departed the game after five innings with a chance to pick up his first road win in the past two years. He entered today 0-6 with a 5.57 ERA over his last 10 road starts. Overall, in receiving a no decision, he worked five innings allowing three earned runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking two.

He did not allow a home run extending his homerless streak to 43.2-innings spanning his last eight starts (193 batters faced).

Rays Rally In Fifth:

The Rays registered five straight two out hits in rallying from down 3-0 to tie the game in the fifth inning. Daniel Robertson, Mallex Smith, and Corey Dickerson had consecutive doubles with Smith and Dickerson each driving in a run. Evan Longoria followed with an RBI single to tie the game.

Rasmus Goes Long In Sixth:

The A’s regained the lead in the top of the sixth inning but their lead was short lived as Colby Rasmus launched his ninth homer of the year to lead off the bottom of the frame.

Rays Roster Move:

Prior to the game, the Rays activated Jumbo Diaz off the disabled list. To make room on the roster, Ryne Stanek was optioned to Triple-A.

Rehabbing Rays:

Brad Boxberger and Wilson Ramos were in action with the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Boxberger, making his third rehab appearance, struggled in his one inning of work. He made 13 pitches, five for strikes, hit a batter, uncorked a wild pitch, walked a batter, and allowed an earned run.

According to Bran Levine of the Charlotte Sun (Twitter), Boxberger said after the game that his next rehab appearance will be with the Durham Bulls. Adding that he’d like to rejoin the Rays after they return home after their six game road trip through Toronto and Detroit.
Wilson Ramos caught five innings and went 1-for-3 at the plate. He’s now batting .143 (2-for-14) with three strikeouts and one walk during his rehab. Also, according to Levine (Twitter), Ramos’ next rehab appearance will also be in Durham.

Up Next For Rays:

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The Rays will enjoy an off day on Monday before embarking on a six game road trip beginning with a two-game affair against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday and Wednesday. They then travel to Detroit for a four game series against the Tigers.

Jake Odorizzi (4-3, 3.59 ERA) looks to continue his success against the Blue Jays. Toronto will counter with Marco Estrada (4-4, 4.04 ERA).

Odorizzi is 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA (27-ER/79.1-IP) in 13 career starts against Toronto. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in his last seven starts against them.

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