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Rays 7, Rockies 4 (10)

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DENVER -- For years, Joe Maddon just expected his team to somehow find a way pull out a tight game on the road.

That's what they did and that's what they were known for. So the Tampa Bay manager simply got used to their late-inning theatrics.

This season, the same kind of magic just hasn't been there. Well, until now.

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Evan Longoria hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning and Kelly Johnson later added a two-run homer, helping the Rays to a 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

"That's who we normally are - win late and on the road," Maddon said. "We're breaking in a lot of new guys. We're just not together and in sync yet. But we will be. That's the kind of game I expect our team to win - late, tight, on the road."

Desmond Jennings also had a two-run homer for the Rays, who improved to 3-4 on their road trip after having a game in Kansas City snowed out the day before.

Ben Zobrist led off the 10th with a double to left off reliever Matt Belisle (1-2), setting the stage for Longoria. Johnson provided some insurance by lining his fourth homer of the season just over the wall in right-center.

For that, Johnson can thank the lineup card for inspiration. Written in black marker on the card -- scribbled across the names of players -- is a saying the Rays have jokingly adopted: Swing for homers and singles will come.

In this case, the reverse held true. Johnson wasn't looking to homer, just put a pitch on a 1-2 count somewhere in play. Johnson was so elated over the homer that he hugged bench coach Dave Martinez.

After all, Martinez encouraged Johnson to swing for the fences.

"Right before going on deck, I said, `Hey, do I need to bunt here if Matt Joyce walks?"' Johnson said. "(Martinez) goes, `Bunt for a hit.' When Joyce popped out he immediately goes, `Just hit a home run."'

Kyle Farnsworth (1-0) earned the win by pitching a perfect ninth and Fernando Rodney picked up his fourth save in five chances, striking out Eric Young Jr. with two on to end the game.

Michael Cuddyer had a two-run homer and Josh Rutledge hit a solo shot as the Rockies started interleague play on the wrong track at home once again. The Rockies were 0-9 against AL teams at Coors Field last season.

Colorado squandered a chance to score with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth. Reliever Jake McGee struck out Young on a 96-mph fastball before handing the ball over to Brandon Gomes, who threw a nasty curve that Jordan Pacheco took for a called third strike.

"We had a few opportunities to win that game but we didn't get the hit," manager Walt Weiss said. "We couldn't get it tonight."

Matt Moore received his first taste of pitching at Coors Field - and it was pretty sour. At least, it was by his standards of late.

Moore lasted five innings and surrendered four runs, matching the total he had given up in his last five starts combined. He also allowed a season-high seven hits in the no-decision.

The Rays lefty had won five straight before Friday, entering the contest with a 1.13 ERA -- second-best in the AL -- only to see it creep up to 1.95 by the end of the night.

"He did not look comfortable," Maddon said. "But he got us through five. I thought he (did) well without nearly his good stuff."

Moore was at his best when the Rockies had something brewing in the fourth. He walked Jonathan Herrera and starter Jeff Francis to begin the inning. With Moore struggling to find the strike zone, Dexter Fowler put down a bunt to advance the runners.

Only, the speedy Fowler hurt his right hip flexor when he bumped into first baseman Sean Rodriguez in a close play at the bag. Moore then wiggled out of the jam by striking out Pacheco and Carlos Gonzalez.

After the inning, Fowler was replaced in center field by Young.

"It's fine," Fowler said after the game. "It just tightened up on me. I knew it wasn't that serious. I just tweaked it a little bit."

The Rays took a 4-3 lead in the fifth when Jennings hit a two-run homer off Francis.

However, Moore couldn't hold it as he surrendered an RBI double to Nolan Arenado in the bottom of the fifth.

Down 3-0 in the third, the Rays finally solved the soft-throwing Francis. Ryan Roberts and Zobrist each had run-scoring doubles.

With All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki out of the starting lineup with soreness in his legs, Cuddyer was bumped up to the cleanup spot. It paid off in the first as he launched a two-run homer to deep center, his sixth of the season.

Lefty David Price will take the mound Saturday for the first time since his run-in with umpire Tom Hallion.

The AL Cy Young Award winner accused Hallion of directing a profanity toward him during the Rays' win over the Chicago White Sox last Sunday. Price thought Hallion missed a pitch and exchanged words with the plate umpire while heading to the dugout after the seventh inning.

Price doesn't expect any repercussions from the crew working the game.

"I don't think umpires hold grudges," Price said.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

N. Arenado
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

B. Zobrist
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, CF4112101 .219
Ryan Roberts, 2B4111010 .231
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
    Jake McGee, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Gomes, P0000000 .000
   a- Luke Scott, PH1000001 .375
    Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
    Sam Fuld, LF0000000 .171
Ben Zobrist, RF-2B4121110 .271
Evan Longoria, 3B4111112 .305
Sean Rodriguez, 1B-RF3000010 .270
   b- Matt Joyce, PH-RF2010001 .231
Kelly Johnson, LF4112000 .230
    Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
Yunel Escobar, SS5010013 .174
Jose Lobaton, C5230001 .268
Matt Moore, P2000001 .000
    Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
   c- James Loney, PH-1B3000011 .360
Totals41711736  
a-flied out for Gomes in the 9th
b-singled for S. Rodriguez in the 8th
c-grounded out for Wright in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Roberts (3, Francis), Ben Zobrist 2 (8, Francis, Belisle), Jose Lobaton (2, Francis)
HR - Desmond Jennings (4, Francis), Kelly Johnson (4, Belisle)
RBI - Desmond Jennings 2 (8), Ryan Roberts (5), Ben Zobrist (21), Evan Longoria (15), Kelly Johnson 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Roberts (1), Ben Zobrist (8)
Team LOB - 8
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Moore 5744432 1.95
Jamey Wright 1000010 1.42
Joel Peralta 1000020 1.54
Jake McGee 0.2200120 10.24
Brandon Gomes 0.1000010 5.73
Kyle Farnsworth (W,1-0) 1000010 6.75
Fernando Rodney (S,4) 1200020 3.86
IBB - Tulowitzki by Jake McGee
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 101-53, Jamey Wright 9-7, Joel Peralta 8-7, Jake McGee 22-14, Brandon Gomes 5-3, Kyle Farnsworth 12-6, Fernando Rodney 21-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 6-6, Jamey Wright 1-1, Joel Peralta 1-0, Fernando Rodney 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Moore 26, Jamey Wright 3, Joel Peralta 3, Jake McGee 5, Brandon Gomes 1, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Fernando Rodney 5
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF1010100 .310
    Eric Young Jr., CF3000035 .291
Jordan Pacheco, 1B5100027 .313
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5010023 .311
Michael Cuddyer, RF4112131 .317
Wilin Rosario, C5110002 .322
Nolan Arenado, 3B5031011 .318
Josh Rutledge, 2B5121004 .243
Jonathan Herrera, SS4010112 .263
Jeff Francis, P1000100 .000
    Adam Ottavino, P1000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- Troy Tulowitzki, PH0000100 .317
    Tyler Chatwood, PR0000000 .667
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   b- Reid Brignac, PH1010000 .270
Totals404114512  
a-was walked intentionally for Lopez in the 8th
b-singled for Belisle in the 10th
Batting
2B - Wilin Rosario (4, Moore), Nolan Arenado 2 (2, Moore, Moore)
HR - Michael Cuddyer (6, Moore), Josh Rutledge (4, Moore)
SH - Dexter Fowler (1)
RBI - Michael Cuddyer 2 (22), Nolan Arenado (3), Josh Rutledge (10)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Cuddyer 2 (10)
Team LOB - 12
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis 5544131 7.27
Adam Ottavino 2100020 1.72
Wilton Lopez 1100100 5.68
Rex Brothers 1000110 0.63
Matt Belisle (L,1-2) 1433001 3.63
HBP - Johnson (by Jeff Francis)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 86-51, Adam Ottavino 23-15, Wilton Lopez 18-8, Rex Brothers 21-12, Matt Belisle 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 11-1, Adam Ottavino 2-2, Wilton Lopez 1-2, Rex Brothers 1-1, Matt Belisle 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 22, Adam Ottavino 7, Wilton Lopez 5, Rex Brothers 4, Matt Belisle 7
Game Information
Attendance - 30255
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Clint Fagan, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Gary Darling