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Rays survive blown save, sweep Tigers



Rigganshurt ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Carl Crawford hit a tying RBI single in the 10th inning and Carlos Pena drew a game-ending, bases-loaded walk to give the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Tampa Bay took advantage of Fernando Rodney's wildness to put together the winning rally. Willy Aybar led off with a walk, bringing Jason Bartlett to the plate. Bartlett squared to bunt and left when Rodney (0-3) plunked him on his right hand.

Shawn Riggans batted for Bartlett, and Rodney hit him with the next pitch.

Both runners advanced on Akinori Iwamura's sacrifice and B.J. Upton walked before Crawford hit a tying single into left field. One out later, Pena won it when took a 3-2 pitch to force in the winning run.

(Pictured - Shawn Riggans heads to first after getting hit in the chest by a Fernando Rodney pitch in the tenth. Times photo - James Borchuck. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:37am]


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