Rays win 6-5 on Bartlett walkoff single in 10th
UPDATE, 6:01: Jeff Niemann left after five innings, and didn't have his usual velocity, due to back tightness. Head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield worked on Niemann extensively during the game, and manager Joe Maddon said that with the Rays leading after five innings he didn't want to take any more chances. Niemann said he hasn't had the problem before and expects to make his next start on schedule Saturday in New York.
DEVELOPING: Jason Bartlett's 10th-inning single scored Carl Crawford to give the Rays a 6-5 win over the Indians in the final game before the All-Star break.
Ben Zobrist started the rally with a single off Kerry Wood, then Crawford hit into a fielder's choice. After Crawford stole second, the Indians intentionally walked Evan Longoria. Bartlett, who entered the game in the ninth as a pinch-runner for Carlos Pena, lined a ball to right-center.
With the win the Rays improved to 54-34, matching their high point of the season at 20 games over .500. "That's a nice number,'' manager Joe Maddon said before the game.
The Rays had a prime chance to win in the ninth when they loaded the bases with no outs against Hector Ambriz, but failed to score. And that was after having two on in the eighth and getting nothing out of it.