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Rays beat Yanks again, keep heat on Red Sox

Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:05 pm
 
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It took the Rays 125 days this season to pull back into a share of the American League wild-card slot.

So no way was the streaking, gutsy crew from Tampa Bay going to surrender it 24 hours later.

It was close, it was a battle, but when they write the story of the 2011 Rays, two huge monumental moments from Tuesday night's 5-3 nailbiter over the Yankees in The Trop will be at the top.

The first came with nobody out in the seventh when Matt Joyce bashed the game-winning homer, savagely attacking a pitch from former Rays closer Rafael Soriano and driving it into the right-field seats for a three-run blast.

The other moment was an honest-to-goodness triple play, which came in the sixth, during a tense time when the Yankees were threatening to blow this game open.

Leading 3-2 with runners on second and third and, of course, nobody out, the Rays elected to intentionally walk Jorge Posada to load the bases.

And then came a moment screaming that Tampa Bay is living right: Russell Martin scorched a ground ball to third, about one step from the bag. Evan Longoria was all over it, took the one small step for the Rays and one giant step for the AL wild-card race.

His foot on the bag, he wheeled and whipped the ball to Ben Zobrist at second, who turned and fired a strike to Sean Rodriguez, who was playing first after Casey Kotchman was scratched from the lineup pre-game and taken to the hospital with discomfort in his chest.

There was no question. Martin easily was out at first.

You could hear Boston groaning all the way from Baltimore. Given a reprieve from imminent disaster, the Rays turned it over to Joyce in the seventh, and Tampa Bay had done the impropable: The Rays have pushed their season to Game 162, still very much in position to push the Red Sox over the cliff and dance into October themselves.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:43 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:42 pm
 

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Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Rays beat Yanks again, keep heat on Red Sox

It was a great game to watch, the fans at the ballpark were top notch.  I was glad to be there.


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