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Biggest moments for Rays players

Biggest moments

Manager Joe Maddon has talked about how every player in the clubhouse has taken "ownership" of the Rays' remarkable turnaround. Here's a look at how nearly every player has played a big role in at least one win this season:

Willy Aybar

. Go-ahead two-run double in eighth in 5-4 win over Rangers (June 7)

. Two-run single in 4-2 win over Angels (Aug. 19)

. 3-for-5 with homer and three RBIs in 10-2 win over Red Sox (Sept. 17)

Rocco Baldelli

. Walkoff double in 10-9 win over Orioles (Aug. 30)

Grant Balfour

. Got out of bases-loaded jam in eighth in 3-1 win over Red Sox (July 1)

Jason Bartlett

. 4-for-4, including homer, in 10-4 win over Orioles (Aug. 31)

. Winning RBI double in 4-2 win over Orioles (Sept. 22)

Carl Crawford

. Winning two-run single in seventh in 4-2 win over Orioles (May 1)

. Spectacular diving catch in 2-0 win over Angels (May 9)

. Go-ahead three-run homer in sixth in 8-5 win over Angels (May 11)

. Grand slam in seven-run seventh of 8-3 win over Cubs (June 19)

. Two homers and five RBIs in 15-3 win over Marlins (June 25)

Cliff Floyd

. Walkoff homer in 2-1 win over White Sox (May 30)

. Career-high four runs scored in 7-6, 12-inning win over A's (Aug. 14)

Matt Garza

. Seven scoreless innings in 7-1 win over Yankees (May 12)

. Struck out season-high 10 in 5-3 win over Rangers (May 28)

. Outdueled Roy Halladay for complete-game shutout in 3-0 win over Blue Jays (July 29)

Jonny Gomes

. Knocked in four runs (including three-run homer) in 6-3 win over Yankees (April 5)

. As pinch-runner, stole second and scored winning run in ninth in 2-1 win over Yankees, putting Rays in first place in AL East (May 13)

Gabe Gross

. Walkoff single in 11th off Mariano Rivera in 2-1 win over Yankees, putting Rays in first place (May 13)

. Walkoff homer in 10th in 4-3 win over White Sox (June 1)

. Walkoff double in 4-3 win over Astros (June 21)

. Tying two-run homer in 10-7 win over Indians (Aug. 6)

Jason Hammel

. Three scoreless innings in 7-6, 13-inning win over A's (May 19)

. Escaped bases-loaded, no-out situation in 14th to earn save in 4-2 win over Red Sox (Sept. 9)

Eric Hinske

. Hit 2B, 3B and HR with two RBIs in 6-4 win over Blue Jays (April 22)

J.P. Howell

. Three scoreless innings in 7-3 win over Twins, his first career save (April 17)

. Struck out sluggers Jim Thome and Carlos Quentin with runner in scoring position in 2-0 win over White Sox (May 31)

. Got final line-drive out with runner at third to end 5-4 win over Red Sox (June 30)

Akinori Iwamura

. Winning two-run homer in eighth in 2-1 win over Red Sox (April 26)

. Walked to force in run, in 13-pitch at-bat, in 5-3 win over White Sox (Aug. 23)

. Go-ahead two-run triple in sixth in 11-6 win over Orioles (Sept. 24)

Edwin Jackson

. Yielded one earned run in eight innings in 11-2 win over Royals (July 4)

. Yielded one run in 7 2/3 innings in 11-1 win over Twins (Sept. 19)

Dan Johnson

. Tying pinch-hit home run off Jonathan Papelbon in 5-4 win over Red Sox (Sept. 9)

Scott Kazmir

. Yielded one run in seven innings in 7-3 win over Rangers (May 26)

. Seven scoreless innings in 4-0 win over A's (July 21)

. Six scoreless innings in sweep-preventing 7-5 win over Yankees (Sept. 4)

. Six scoreless innings in 7-2 playoff-clinching win over Twins (Sept. 20) Evan Longoria

. Walkoff two-run homer in 2-0 win over Angels (May 9)

. Go-ahead two-run homer in 13th in 7-6 win over Oakland (May 19)

. Walkoff double in 5-4 win over Orioles (May 25)

. Barehanded a Reed Johnson bunt and threw to first for final out in 3-2 sweep-clinching win over Cubs (June 17)

Trever Miller

. Got Aubrey Huff to ground into inning-ending double play in eighth of 2-0 win over Orioles (May 23)

Dioner Navarro

. Second career grand slam in 13th in 8-3 win at Toronto (May 8)

. Go-ahead three-run double in eighth in 3-2 win in Oakland (May 20)

. Go-ahead double in 5-4 win over Red Sox at Fenway (Sept. 9)

. Walkoff single in 2-1 win over Red Sox (Sept. 16)

Jeff Niemann

. In major-league debut, gave up just one run in six innings to beat Orioles 6-2 (April 13)

Carlos Pena

. Six RBIs, including go-ahead bases-loaded walk, in 10-5 win over Orioles (April 11)

. Two-run homer in ninth in 5-3 win over Royals (Juls (July 25)

. Walkoff walk with bases loaded in 10th in 6-5 win over Tigers (Aug. 3)

. Walkoff homer in 10-7 win over Indians (Aug. 6)

. Tiebreaking three-run homer over Green Monster in 14th in 4-2 win over Red Sox (Sept. 9)

Troy Percival

. Pitched final two outs to earn 20th save in 4-3 win over A's (July 23)

. Scoreless ninth in 5-4 win over Red Sox, the Rays' first victory at Fenway this season (Sept. 9)

Fernando Perez

. Doubled off Green Monster in ninth and scored winning run in 5-4 win over Red Sox (Sept. 9)

David Price

. Yielded one earned run in 5 1/3 innings in first big-league start, 4-2 win over Orioles (Sept. 22)

Shawn Riggans

. Three hits and two RBIs in 4-3 win over Pirates (June 29)

Justin Ruggiano

. Leaping catch against leftfield wall for final out in 1-0 win over Blue Jays (Aug. 27)

James Shields

. Complete-game two-hitter in 3-0 win over Red Sox to complete sweep (April 27)

. Complete-game one-hitter to beat Angels 2-0 (May 9)

. Shut out Yankees for eight innings in 7-1 win at Yankee Stadium (Sept. 13)

Andy Sonnanstine

. Complete-game shutout in 5-0 win over White Sox (April 19)

. Yielded one run in eight innings in 3-1 win over Cardinals (May 16)

. Threw seven scoreless innings in 3-0 win over Royals (July 5)

. Outdueled Josh Beckett in back-to-back wins over Red Sox (Sept. 10 and 16), giving up zero earned runs in 13 combined innings

B.J. Upton

. Three-run homer in 6-2 win over Orioles (April 13)

. Over-the-shoulder catch to close out 7-6, sweep-clinching win over Red Sox (July 2)

. Three-hits with three RBIs in 7-4 win over Rangers (Aug. 17)

Dan Wheeler

. Struck out side after leadoff triple in 10th inning of eventual 13-inning 8-3 win over Blue Jays (May 8)

. Pitched out of jam after walking first two batters in eighth in 2-0 win over Angels (May 10)1

. Pitched out of first-and-third, no-out jam in ninth in 7-6 sweep-clinching win over Red Sox (July 2)

. Struck out Marlon Byrd with bases loaded (after controversial bases-loaded intentional walk of Josh Hamilton) in 7-4 win over Rangers (Aug. 17)

Ben Zobrist

. Go-ahead two-run homer in seventh in 2-1 win over Blue Jays, snapping seven-game losing streak and regaining first place (July 18)

. Go-ahead RBI double in seventh in 3-2 win over A's (Aug. 13)

. First career grand slam in 14-3 win over Orioles to clinch Rays' first-ever winning season (Aug. 29)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Biggest moments for Rays players 10/01/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 2, 2008 3:46pm]
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