Rays rally big in 9th for 10-6 win
Whatever momentum the Rays had left after Friday's tenser-than-it-had-to-be 12-10 win over the Orioles seemd to be sapped by a rough first inning Saturday when starter Roberto Hernandez put them in a four-run hole.
But the Rays (22-20) scored enough to get back in, and relievers Cesar Ramos and Alex Torres did a good job keeping it close to set up a big finish, a rally for six runs in the ninth that instead gave them a rewarding 10-6 win on a cool, damp Preakness afternoon in Baltimore.
Matt Joyce was the offensive star, knocking in a career-high matching five runs, most importantly witrh a two-run double that put the Rays ahead 7-6 as they rallied against usually dominant Orioles closer Jim Johnson. Joyce also homered in the third and doubled in a run in the fifth.
Torres got the win for his impressive work, four innings with no hits and two walks.
The six runs in the ninth were one short of the Rays record. Their rally started with a one-out homer by Kelly Johnson, then walks to Jose Lobaton and Yunel Escobar, and a bloop, broken-bat single by Desmond Jennings. Joyce dodubled in two runs, then Ben Zobrist did the same.After a bloop double by Evan Longoria - extending his hitting streak to a career-high matching 12 - James Loney was walked and Luke Scott drew a walk to force in the final run.
The Rays did tie a team record with eight doubles in the game, and logged 10 extra base hits for the first time since June 2009 vs. Colorado.