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Rodriguez Powers Rays To Walk-Off Win

 
Rodriguez Powers Rays To Walk-Off Win

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- Alex Cobb's return from the disabled list was a sucessful one, even though he did not get the victory.

The Rays right-hander pitched shutout baseball into the seventh inning, and Yunel Escobar's RBI single in the seventh broke a scoreless tie, but it took a three-run homer by Sean Rodriguez in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Rays their first walk-off win of the year, a 5-2 decision over the A's Thursday.

Cobb, who went on the disabled list April 13 with an oblique strain, had just one inning where he had to work out of trouble, as he faced a bases loaded situation in the sixth with two out, but got Brandon Moss to ground out to end the threat.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom od the seventh, when James Loney started by drawing a walk off Sonny Gray.  The first baseman was erased on a fielder's choice by Desmond Jennings, who moved to third on a single by Cole Figueroa.  Escobar then lined a base hit to centerfield, bringing in Jennings to open the scoring.

Tampa Bay held their lead until the ninth, as John Jaso led off the frame with a base hit.  Pinch-runner Craig Gentry then stole second base, and after Josh Donaldson drew a walk and Brandon Moss was called out on strikes, Yoenis Cespedes doubled down the left-field line, scoring Gentry to tie the game.

The game remained 1-1 until the 11th, when Donaldson led off the inning by lining Josh Lueke's first pitch for a double.  Moss moved Donaldson to third base with a ground ball, and Cespedes lifted a fly ball to left to score him to break the tie.

Evan Longoria finally got his first hit of the series in the bottom of the inning, as he led off with a base hit.  Both Matt Joyce and Wil Myers flew out to bring Tampa Bay to witin one out of being swept, but James Loney extended the inning with a single, and Desmond Jennings drove in Longoria with a base hit to tie the game.  Bob Melvin then went to Luke Gregerson to face Sean Rodriguez, who deposited a slider over the fence in left for his fifth home run of the year to end the game.

 Listen to Andy Freed's call of Sean Rodriguez's walk-off home run!

The Boston Red Sox, who were swept by Toronto and have lost seven straight, comes to Tropicana Field Friday to begin a three-game series.  Chris Archer (3-2, 4.59 ERA) will start the opener against John lackey (5-3, 4.01 ERA).  Coverage on WDAE starts at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10.

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