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Rays Walk Off With Third Straight Win

 
Rays Walk Off With Third Straight Win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- It's become a question of who will come through next for the Tampa Bay Rays.

David Price overcame a first inning he's probably like to forget, to throw eight innings, while Brandon Guyer had a career-high four hits, while Cole Figueroa scored the winning run in the bottom of the 15th inning on a throwing error, as the Rays came back from a 5-0 deficit to defeat the Boston Red Sox 6-5, their third walkoff win in as many days.

Price loaded the bases and hitting Mike Carp to make it 1-0 before the first out could be recorded.  Jonny Gomes lifted a fly ball that scored Xander Bogaerts to make it 2-0, and A.J. Pierzynski blasted a three-run home run to right field that made the game 5-0.

Tampa Bay started their comeback in the second, when Logan Forsythe's sacrifice fly scored Guyer.  Forsythe added an RBI single two innings later, also scoring Guyer to cut the deficit to 5-2.

The Rays evened the game an inning later, as consecutive one-out singles by David DeJesus, Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce produced a run to make the game 5-3, and after James Loney flew out for the second out of the inning, Guyer laced a double of the left field wall to bring in both Longoria and Joyce to make it 5-5.

Following the first inning, where Boston batted around, Tampa Bay allowed just two hits and two walks in the next 14 innings.  Price ended up pitching the first eight, with single innings of relief from Jake McGee and Grant Balfour, two innings from Brad Boxberger, and three frames from Cesar Ramos (2-3).

The game finally came to a close in the bottom of the 15th inning, as James Loney led off with a base hit, and was pinch-run for by Cole Figueroa.  Brandon Guyer tried bunting him up to second base, but a lack of communication between pitcher Andrew Miller and third baseman Brock Holt allowed Guyer to reach.  Desmond Jennings then tried to bunt both runners up, but after failing to get the bunt down twice, his comebacker was fielded by Miller, who threw the ball in to centerfield to allow Figueroa to score the winning run.

The loss was Boston's ninth in a row, the first time the Red Sox have lost nine straight games since August 25-September 4, 2001, while the Rays three straight walkoff victories is a new franchise record.

The Rays can sweep the Red Sox out of town Sunday afternoon, when Jake Odorizzi (2-4, 4.98 ERA) takes on Brandon Workman (0-0, 1.42 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 1:40, with pregame coverage on WDAE starting at 11:30 with the Suncoast Hyundao Dealers Inside Pitch.

NOTES: Tampa Bay rallied from a five-run deficit to win for the first time since trailing 7-0 to the New York Yankees on September 28, 2011, better known as "Game 162."

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