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Rays roll on, beat Giants 4-3 behind Longoria, Fuld



     The Rays rallied to beat the Giants 4-3 on Sunday before a sellout crowd at Tropicana Field.
     The Rays came from behind twice, getting big hits from Evan Longoria, who snapped his 0-for-19 skid with a game-tying single, and Sam Fuld, who started in place of Desmond Jennings and knocked in the go-ahead run.
      The win improved the Rays to a season-high matching 21 games over .500 at 66-45, extending their red-hot run to 25 of their last 31 games. They have also gone 13 series without losing one.
      Rays manager Joe Maddon didn't stick long with starter Roberto Hernandez, pulling him in the fifth, after only 75 pitches, after he allowed his eighth hit, though only three runs.
       The Giants struck first for a run in the first on three consecutive one-out singles off Hernandez, but the Rays took the lead right back as Ben Zobrist drew a leadoff walk and rookie Wil Myers, who won Saturday's game with a walkoff single in the 10th, hit a long and loud two-run homer.
   Hernandez didn't hold the lead however, giving up a pair of runs in the fourth after opening the inning with a walk and a single. The big hit was a two-out triple by No. 8 hitter Brandon Crawford.
   The Rays came back to tie it in the fifth, and there was a big relief when they did. After Fuld, playing center in place  Jennings (sidelined with a sprained finger), walked and stole second, Longoria snapped his 0-for-19 slump with his first hit since Monday, a hard single to left that scored Fuld.
  The Rays then went ahead in the sixth. Yunel Escobar drew a leadoff walk, went to second on a ground out and scored on a two-out single by Fuld, swinging lefty against lefty pitcher Jose Mijares.
    The bullpen took it from there, with Jake McGee working the seventh, Joel Peralta the eighth and Fernando Rodney the ninth for his 18th consecutive save. Alex Torres, who relieved Hernandez, got the win.
   The crowd of 34,078 was their first sellout since Opening Day.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 4, 2013 4:50pm]


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