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Rays Rally Before Losing In Extra Innings

 
Rays Rally Before Losing In Extra Innings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays blew an early two-run lead Wednesday, but also rallied from a two-run deficit before falling to the Minnesota Twins 6-4 in 12 innings.

Tampa Bay used a pair of early runs to get on the board first, as Desmond Jennings singled in the first, stole second base and moved to third on a throwing error, and scored on a groundout by Matt Joyce to make it 1-0.

The Rays added their second run in the third inning, as Ryan Hanigan singled to start the inning, moved to second on a groundout by Ben Zobrist, and after a walk to Jennings and a wild pitch by Mike Pelfrey, Joyce lifted a sacrifice fly to bring in the Rays catcher for a 2-0 lead.

Minnesota took over control in the fourth inning, as Chris Colabello tied the game with a two-run blast off Jake Odorizzi, and a sacrifice fly by Eduardo Escobar later in the inning spelled the end of the night for the Tampa Bay righthander.  

Brandon Gomes then gave up an RBI single to Sam Fuld to extend the deficit to 4-2.

Tampa Bay got a single run in the fifth thanks to an infield hit by Evan Longoria, and tied the game an inning later, as Pelfrey gave up a single to Myers and hit Logan Forsythe with a pitch.  Yunel Escobar's sac bunt off Michael Tonkin moved the runners up a base, and after Ryan Hanigan walked to load the bases, Zobrist lifted a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game.

Each team had golden opportunities to retake the lead in the ninth.  Fuld led off the Minnesota's half by doubling off Grant Balfour, but was left at third base after a groundout, intentional walk and a double play.  Meanwhile, Tampa Bay loaded the bases off Brian Duensing before Casey Fien could get Myers to ground out to strand three.

The game remained 4-4 until the 12th, when Josh Lueke (0-1), starting his second inning of relief, gave up an infield single to Mauer and a double by Plouffe before Colabello singled through a drawn-in infield to score both runners and break the tie.

The Rays.  Erik Bedard (0-0, 6.35 ERA) gets the start against Ricky Nolasco (1-2, 6.08 ERA).  Coverage on WDAE begins at noon Wednesday with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers' Inside Pitch.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:10.

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