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Rays win opener 3-2

LHP David Price gave the Rays the strong seven-inning outing they needed, and then Carlos Pena took care of the offense on one swing, as his three-run homer gave the Rays a 3-2 win over the Phillies in the matinee of a day-night doubleheader.

Price and Phillies ace Cole Hamels staged a tremendous duel, but it looked like a sixth-inning homer by Jimmy Rollins might be enough for the Phillies.

The Rays rallied in the 8th against reliever Antonio Bastardo, as Elliot Johnson walked, then with one out B.J. Upton walked and Pena delivered.

Burke Badenhop and Jake McGee got through the eighth, along with a strategic move by manager Joe Maddon to walk Jim Thome to load the bases, then Fernando Rodney worked the ninth for his 21st save.

Posted by Marc Topkin at 5:31:00 pm on June 24, 2012

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