Game 118: Jason Bourgeois Gives Rays Walk Off 5-4 Victory Over Mariners

By David Hill

Heading into tonight’s matchup against the Seattle Mariners, the Rays were mired in a six game losing streak. The only pitcher to go beyond the fifth inning in any of those starts was David Price, who pitched seven innings of one run ball in his last outing. Fortunately for the Rays, Price was on the mound as they looked to snap out of their slump.

Things did not start well for Price and the Rays however. With two outs, Price hit Kyle Seager with the first pitch of the plate appearance. Seager then stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before coming in to score on a base hit by Kendry Morales. Price, who had been economical with his pitches through his run of success, struggled with a 25 pitch first, but managed to escape with only the one run.

The Rays had their first scoring chance in the fourth. Matthew Joyce led off the inning with a single, and Evan Longoria followed with a walk, putting runners at first and second. After an out, James Loney tied the game with a line drive single up the middle. However, the Rays were unable to push another run across the board, squandering an excellent opportunity.

That inability to push another run across appeared as though it would come back to haunt the Rays in the top of the fifth. Price ran into more trouble with two outs, walking Dustin Ackley after getting an 0-2 count. Humberto Quintero hit a high chopper to third for an infield hit, and up came Brad Miller. Price once again got within a strike of getting out of the inning, but Miller lined a fastball into the left center gap for a two run triple, before scoring on a double by Nick Franklin. Suddenly, the Mariners had a 4-1 lead.

But the Rays came back. Wil Myers broke out of a 0-15 slump with a two run home run in the sixth, and the Rays then put runners on first and second with no outs. However, once again their recent problems with clutch hitting reared up, as they were unable to push the tying run across. Price, meanwhile, managed to get through seven, working out of jams while keeping the close. he gave up four hits on five hits and a walk, striking out seven.

The Rays finally mounted their comeback in the bottom of the ninth. Ben Zobrist led off the inning with a triple to right, just missing a home run as the line drive hit the yellow line and bounced back onto the field. Joyce grounded a single up the middle through a drawn in infield, plating Zobrist and tying the game. after Longoria crushed a double to left, Myers was intentionally walked to load the bases, bringing up Jason Bourgeois, who had pinch run for James Loney in the eighth. Bourgeois, who had five at bats heading into the game, lined a base hit over the drawn in outfield, plating Joyce and giving the Rays a walkoff 5-4 victory.

Joel Peralta picked up the win, pitching a perfect ninth with a strikeout. Longoria was 2-3 with two doubles, two walks and a run scored in the victory.