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Martin Fennelly’s takeaways from Rays’ 7-6 win over Mariners

Kiermaier starts to heat up; Heredia shines at plate and in field; patience pays off
The Rays' Guillermo Heredia celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run to leftfield during the third inning against the Mariners at Tropicana Field on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times] [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
The Rays' Guillermo Heredia celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run to leftfield during the third inning against the Mariners at Tropicana Field on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. [DIRK SHADD | Times] [DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Aug. 22, 2019
Updated Aug. 22, 2019

• Kevin Kiermaier broke out of a slump Tuesday and kept going Wednesday with four RBIs, including a tying home run leading off the ninth. He now has five RBIs in his past two games, after just one RBI in his first 13 games (11 starts) in August.

• Guillermo Heredia had two hits and a homer, but his best, maybe game-saving work, came in the fourth. With the Rays down 3-2, he ran down a deep fly from former Rays prospect Jake Fraley in the rightfield corner that seemed destined for extra bases and two more runs.

• Rays patience paid off in the ninth. After Kiermaier’s homer tied it at 6, Willy Adames (single) and Mike Brosseau (double) had good at-bats. After Ji-Man Choi was walked, Tommy Pham worked the count before reliever Matt Magill uncorked a wild pitch, bringing in Adames with the winner.

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