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by Steve Carney, 620 WDAE
The Rays did not get a great outing from Roberto Hernandez, but the hitting helped minimize his effect on the outcome, as Tampa Bay used RBI singles from Evan Longoria and Sam Fuld to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants Sunday.
Hernandez got off to a poor start, allowing consecutive singles by Marco Scutaro, Pablo Sandoval, and Buster Posey to plate the first run of the game.
Tampa Bay countered with two of their own in the bottom of the inning on Wil Myers' eighth home run of the season, a two-run blast off Giants starter Guillermo Moscoso.
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San Francisco regained the lead in the fourth, as Hernandez walked Brandon Belt to start the inning and Hunter Pence singled him up a base. Roger Kieschnick grounded into a fielder's choice, erasing Pence at second base, but Brandon Crawford blasted a triple to centerfield that brought in both runners for a 3-2 lead.
Hernandez would leave in the fifth inning, allowing the three runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out two.
Tampa Bay tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, as Sam Fuld walked to lead off the inning, stole second two batters later, and scored when Evan Longoria broke his 0 for 19 slump with a single to left.
The Rays took the lead for good an inning later, as Escobar led off against Jose Mijares with a walk, moved to second on a groundout by Jose Molina two batters later, and scored on a base hit by Fuld.
Tampa Bay has Monday off before heading to Arizona to begin a two-game series with the Diamondbacks. Jeremy Hellickson (10-4, 4.60 ERA) will get the start for the Rays. First pitch is scheduled for 9:40, with coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starting at 8:30 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.