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Rays Batter Wainwright To Take Sixth Straight

 

It had been almost two full months since Adam Wainwright allowed more than three runs in a start.  The Tampa Bay Rays did that, and then some.

The Rays used a five-run fifth inning off Wainwright to break a 1-1 tie, finishing with a 7-2 victory that extends their winning streak to six games.

St. Louis got on the board with the first batter of the game, as Jake Odorizzi allowed a lead-off home run to Matt Carpenter.  After that, Kolten Wong drew a walk, but was thrown out trying to steal second base.  The call helped settle Odorizzi down and he was able to get through the rest of the frame with no further damage.

Tampa Bay would even the contest in the second, as James Loney led off with a double, moved to third on a one-out single by Jose Molina, and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Odorizzi in his first big-league plate appearance.

The game remained deadlocked until the fifth, when Wainwright walked Kevin Kiermaier to start the inning.  Two batters later, Ben Zobrist reached on a fielding error by Wainwright, moving Kiermaier to second base.  Matt Joyce then doubled down the left field line, scoring Kiermaier to break the tie.

Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Wainwright then walked Loney to make it 3-1.  Yunel Escobar doubled over the wall in right to score two more, and Jose Molina's RBI groundout gave Tampa Bay their fifth run of the inning.

Odorizzi gave up a solo homer to Matt Holliday in the sixth, and would not be able to get out of the inning after walking Allen Craig with two out.  Jeff Beliveau finished the frame by striking out Peter Bourjos.

The left-hander also worked a scoreless seventh before giving way to Brad Boxberger for a scoreless eighth.

Evan Longoria capped the scoring with a solo homer, his 12th of the year in the top of the ninth.

Kirby Yates finished the game by striking out a pair in the ninth, working around a base hit and a walk.

Tampa Bay has now won six straight games for the first time this season.

The Rays can make it a perfect 5-0 road trip with a victory in Wednesday's finale.  Alex Cobb (5-6, 4.08 ERA) will start against Lance Lynn (11-6, 3.13 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:15, with coverage on WDAE starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

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