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Rays Game 130: Evan Longoria Provides Offense in Extra-Inning Win

By Fletcher Keel

The Tampa Bay Rays took the Toronto Blue Jays to 10 innings for the second straight game, only this time, thet were able to edge the neighbors to the north, and took the weekend series with a 2-1 victory Sunday afternoon.

Providing the only visible offense on the day was Mr. Ray himself, Evan Longoria, knocking home the opening run of the game, in the opening inning by hitting into a fielders choice, allowing Ben Zobrist to score. He resurfaced again in the top of the 10th frame when he singled into left field, bringing Zobrist to the plate again to give the Rays the final lead of the game. He could have actually accumulated three RBIs. On the latter play, Logan Forsythe attempted to score from second, but Melky Cabrera gunned him down at the plate. That seems pretty straightforward. However, Rays manager Joe Maddon asked for the umpires to review the play, as Maddon thought that Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro was blocking the plate before he had possession of the ball, which is a no-no as of this season (to try to avoid home plate collisions). The call was upheld regardless, and the Rays were able to win the game nonetheless. The winning RBI hit by Longoria was the only Tampa Bay hit with runners in scoring position, and the Rays went 1-for-11 on the day in that aspect. Luckily, his efforts were enough as the Blue Jays squandered a first-and-third, one out situation in the bottom of the 10th to finish off the game.

Rays starter Chris Archer sailed through the first six innings, scattering five hits though those frames, but he ran into trouble in the seventh inning, which lead to the only run the Jays would score in the game. Archer gave away just a single free pass while striking out six. The Rays’ offense forced Archer to be perfect, and he fell short of that, but he still turned in another strong outing. Archer struggled with his slider to an extent on the day, actually allowing four hits on the pitch, but he was able to overcome that to keep the Rays in the game, and that proved to be enough.

The Rays continue their road trip to the division leading Baltimore Orioles, who just got swept by the Chicago Cubs. It will be Jake Odorizzi taking his 3.83 ERA and 9-10 record against the 10-5 Chris Tillman, who owns a 3.55 ERA. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM.