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Bay goes yard in 13th as Pirates sail past Rays

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PITTSBURGH -- With one swing of the bat, Jason Bay turned a miserable night into an ecstatic one.

After going hitless in five at-bats, Bay homered in the 13th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.

"That's the funny thing about baseball," said Bay, who struck out three times. "One at-bat can turn a bad day into your best day."

Bay's 16th homer came off Jason Hammel (3-3), who was in his second inning of work. He drove a 2-2 fastball into the left-field bullpen, ending a 3 hour, 53 minute game that was delayed 42 minutes at the start.

"In that situation, with the game in extra innings, every guy is swinging as hard as they can," Bay said. "I had been fouling off pitches all night, putting myself into bad counts. Lucky for me, I got a pitch over the plate."

Xavier Nady and Jose Bautista each had two hits for the Pirates, who stopped Tampa Bay's four-game winning streak. Still, the Rays have won 10 of 14 games.

John Van Benschoten (1-2), who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis before the game, pitched a scoreless inning of relief and picked up the victory.

Van Benschoten, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2001 draft, earned his second career win and first since September 10, 2004, against Houston. The right-hander improved his career record to 2-12.

"It's definitely a confidence booster," Van Benschoten said. "It was definitely a good way to end the night. That was a grind out there. It was huge to win the game."

T.J. Beam, also recalled from Triple-A before the game, pitched two scoreless innings. In all, five Pirates relievers limited Tampa Bay to one run and three hits in seven innings.

"They all threw the ball outstanding," Pirates manager John Russell said.

Bay's hit highlighted a game that was tied three times and featured some clutch pinch-hitting in the late innings.

The Pirates took a 3-2 lead with a run in the seventh. Adam LaRoche drew a walk against Tampa Bay starter Edwin Jackson leading off. Bautista sacrificed him to second. After an out, Doug Mientkiewicz, pinch-hitting for reliever Tyler Yates, drove a 3-2 pitch into the center-field gap for a run-scoring double.

Tampa Bay tied it with its first batter in the eighth. Jonny Gomes, hitting for Eric Hinske, capped a 15-pitch at-bat against reliever Damaso Marte with his sixth home run of the season.

"I really didn't know it was 15 pitches until I came in and watched," Gomes said. "I thought it was eight or nine. I kept battling. Leading off late in the game, I was just trying to get on base and make contact. ... In long at-bats, the batter has an advantage. You've seen all of his pitches. You've got his velocity down."

Emergency starter Ty Taubenheim pitched six effective innings for Pittsburgh. He allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out four batters and walked three. He also drove in his first career run with a double in the fifth.

"He pitched really well," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "He settled in, and his ball was moving well. He had a lot of poise. And he's a pretty good hitter, too."

Taubenheim was called up from the minor leagues on Friday night to fill in for the injured Phil Dumatrait. The 25-year-old right-hander was making his first appearance in the major leagues since June 23, 2007, when he was with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was optioned back to Triple-A after the game. The Pirates are expected to make a corresponding roster move Sunday.

Jackson allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out three and walked two. Jason Bartlett had two hits and a walk for the Rays.

Notes

  • Rays second baseman Akinori Iwamura served the first of his three-game suspension, forcing Maddon to juggle his lineup. Among the changes, Upton hit leadoff, Iwamura's usual spot, and Willy Aybar started at second.
  • Nady, who is recovering from a bruised left shoulder, made his first official start since June 14. He was in the starting lineup during Thursday's rainout against the New York Yankees and walked as a pinch-hitter Friday night against the Rays.
  • As part of African-American heritage weekend, the teams wore Negro League uniforms. The Pirates wore Pittsburgh Crawfords uniforms, and the Rays wore Jacksonville Red Caps uniforms.
 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

J. Bay
AB 6
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

J. Gomes
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF5110121 .284
Carl Crawford, LF6010013 .282
Evan Longoria, 3B5011013 .271
Eric Hinske, RF3110011 .268
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH1111000 .212
    Dan Wheeler, P0000000 .000
   b- Cliff Floyd, PH1000011 .255
    Gary Glover, P0000000 .000
   c- James Shields, PH1000000 .250
    Jason Hammel, P0000000 .000
Carlos Pena, 1B5010123 .223
Dioner Navarro, C6011002 .319
Willy Aybar, 2B5010002 .248
Jason Bartlett, SS5020101 .248
Edwin Jackson, P2000103 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
   d- Gabe Gross, PH-RF3000023 .226
Totals483103410  
a-homered for Hinske in the 8th
b-struck out for Wheeler in the 9th
c-grounded out for Glover in the 12th
d-struck out for Miller in the 8th
Batting
2B - Eric Hinske (15, Taubenheim), Carlos Pena (8, Marte), Jason Bartlett (6, Taubenheim)
HR - Jonny Gomes (6, Marte)
SF - Evan Longoria (7)
RBI - Evan Longoria (47), Jonny Gomes (14), Dioner Navarro (31)
SB - Carl Crawford (20, 2nd base off Taubenheim/Doumit)
CS - Dioner Navarro (3, 2nd base by Taubenheim/Doumit)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Longoria-Aybar-Pena, Bartlett-Pena
E - Jason Bartlett (9, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
Edwin Jackson 6.2633230 4.33
Trever Miller 0.1000000 3.92
Dan Wheeler 1000010 1.73
Gary Glover 3200020 3.34
Jason Hammel (L,3-3) 1.2111001 4.98
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 104-64, Trever Miller 2-2, Dan Wheeler 18-12, Gary Glover 42-29, Jason Hammel 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 4-12, Trever Miller 1-0, Dan Wheeler 1-1, Gary Glover 1-6, Jason Hammel 1-4
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 27, Trever Miller 1, Dan Wheeler 3, Gary Glover 11, Jason Hammel 6
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF6000003 .283
Freddy Sanchez, 2B6010002 .232
Jason Bay, LF6111031 .284
Ryan Doumit, C4100100 .342
Xavier Nady, RF5020010 .316
Adam LaRoche, 1B4111111 .220
Jose Bautista, 3B4120011 .263
Jack Wilson, SS5000004 .305
Ty Taubenheim, P2011000 .500
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
   a- Doug Mientkiewicz, PH1011000 .265
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Michaels, PH1000000 .239
    T.J. Beam, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Gomez, PH1000000 .318
    John Van Benschoten, P0000000 .000
Totals4549426  
a-doubled for Yates in the 7th
b-flied out for Capps in the 10th
c-fouled out for Beam in the 12th
Batting
2B - Xavier Nady 2 (20, Jackson, Jackson), Jose Bautista (13, Jackson), Ty Taubenheim (1, Jackson), Doug Mientkiewicz (8, Jackson)
HR - Jason Bay (16, Hammel)
SH - Jose Bautista (6)
RBI - Jason Bay (42), Adam LaRoche (31), Ty Taubenheim (1), Doug Mientkiewicz (13)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay (15), Doug Mientkiewicz (6)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - T.J. Beam (1, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ty Taubenheim 6722340 3.00
Tyler Yates 1000010 3.52
Damaso Marte (BS,1) 1211111 3.26
Matt Capps 2100020 2.52
T.J. Beam 2000020 10.38
John Van Benschoten (W,1-2) 1000000 8.31
IBB - Bartlett by Damaso Marte
HBP - Aybar (by John Van Benschoten)
Pitches-Strikes - Ty Taubenheim 101-52, Tyler Yates 10-7, Damaso Marte 38-26, Matt Capps 19-13, T.J. Beam 33-20, John Van Benschoten 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ty Taubenheim 3-10, Tyler Yates 1-1, Damaso Marte 1-1, Matt Capps 2-2, T.J. Beam 1-4, John Van Benschoten 3-0
Batters Faced - Ty Taubenheim 27, Tyler Yates 3, Damaso Marte 6, Matt Capps 7, T.J. Beam 7, John Van Benschoten 4
Game Information
Attendance - 17970
Game Time - 3:53
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor