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Rays extend streak to 5 with walkoff win



The Rays rallied in the ninth inning to beat the Angels 4-3 and extend their season-high winning streak to five.

Down 3-2 and with one out, the Rays rally started when B.J. Upton singled. It ended when pinch-hitter Brandon Allen  crushed a two-run homer.

Allen, claimed on waivers last week from Oakland, played a key role on Wednesday in his first appearance for the Rays when he drew a bases-loaded walk. Thursday was a little more active, with his first career walkoff hit.

Rookie LHP Matt Moore got off to a strong start for the Rays, not allowing a hit until the fifth inning, when Mark Trumbo homered to tie the game. But Moore gave up two more runs (one unearned) in the sixth. Moore, 22, is now winless through four starts.

The Rays scored in the first, when Ben Zobrist doubled in Desmond Jennings, and again in the sixth, when Matt Joyce tripled in Luke Scott.

Angels 1B Albert Pujols singled in his third at-bat, snapped his career-worst 0-for-21 slump, though he was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double.

The Rays left after the game for a weekend series in Texas, with James Shields on the mound for the Friday night opener.


[Last modified: Saturday, May 26, 2012 12:40am]


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