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Wil to Win: Rays Take 14-Inning Game 10-5

 

In a wacky game that extended into the early hours Saturday, the Rays defeated the Yankees 10-5 in 14 innings. Wil Myers singled in Desmond Jennings with the go-ahead run, and the Rays busted it open with four more runs in the 14th, all against Chris Leroux.

The game lasted 5:49, ending a little before 1 a.m. It included a five-man infield and a 4-3-6-3-4-3-4-5-2 double play as part of two improbable escape jobs by Rays reliever Heath Bell. Joe Maddon was ejected over a 13th-inning replay, and Derek Jeter went 0-for-7 for the first time in his career.

The Rays finished with 20 hits. But earlier Tampa Bay seemed destined to lose after the bullpen could not hold a 4-2 lead for David Price. Joel Peralta gave up back-to-back homers to Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano with two outs in the eighth making the score 4-4.

But the Rays retook the lead on an Evan Longoria single -- only to have New York tie it on Jacoby Ellsbury's hit with two outs in the ninth against Juan Carlos Oviedo.

With Tampa Bay employing a five-man infield to get the second out of the 13th,  Ellsbury was intentionally walked to loaded the bases for Jeter. He grounded out to Bell.

The 12th inning was crazier. On a bunt attempt by Jeter, Bell had the easy forceout at second but airmailed the throw and the Yankees had runners on first and second with none out. Carlos Beltran hit a grounder to second, and after getting the out at first the Rays had Jeter caught in a rundown. As Ellsbury tried to head home the Rays ended up nabbing him for the second out. Soriano grounded out to end the inning.

Then in the top of the 13th the Rays had three hits but did not score because of an overturned safe call.

Desmond Jennings, who homered earlier for a 4-2 lead, led off the 14th with a walk and with one out stole second. Myers shot a single up the middle, and it as followed by RBI hits from Sean Rodriguez, Brandon Guyer, Yunel Escobar and Ryan Hanigan.

Longoria, Myers, Rodriguez, Loney and Escobar had three hits apiece.

After Brian McCann's two-homer off Price for a 2-1 lead in the second, the Rays got two in the fourth after Ellsbury lost track of a Longoria fly ball for a triple. Longoria came in on a Myers single and Logan Forsythe's sac fly with the bases loaded made it 3-2.

Both the Rays' go-ahead runs in the ninth and 14th were scored by a runner who stole second base successfully. Jennings had two giving him six on the season.

Closer Grant Balfour and Jake McGee were unavailable due to work in Boston.

 

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