Published : 2013-08-15 19:13
Updated : 2013-08-15 19:13
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) ― Jason Bourgeois came up in the right place at the right time Wednesday night, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Tampa Bay Rays, who needed a win to break a six-game losing streak.
The 31-year-old backup outfielder delivered his first hit for the Rays, an RBI single to cap a two-run rally that lifted Tampa Bay over the Seattle Mariners 5-4.
“No outs, bases loaded, that’s like a hitter’s dream to be in that situation with the game on the line,” said Bourgeois, who had entered the game as a pinch(equals)runner in the eighth. “I was looking for pitch up and out over the plate. I got it and took advantage of it.”
The Rays trailed 4-3 when Ben Zobrist opened the ninth with a triple off the top of the right-field wall against rookie Danny Farquhar (0-1).
Matt Joyce singled to tie it, Evan Longoria doubled and Wil Myers was intentionally walked to load the bases. Bourgeois, playing in only his fourth game after being called up from Triple-A Durham on Aug. 6, singled to right over the Mariners’ drawn-in outfield.
“We’ve just been waiting on that big moment. I think this is going to keep us going a little bit,” he said. “It seems to open a lot and take some (pressure) off the pitcher who’s starting for us tomorrow.”
The win broke the Rays’ longest losing streak since the first six games of the 2011 season, and it marked only their third win in 43 games this season in which they trailed after eight innings.
“It’s almost never easy,” said a relieved manager Joe Maddon. “When things are getting a little bit awkward, it normally takes an awkward game to win, in order to get you back on task, on track.”
Joel Peralta (2-5) pitched one inning. Farquhar didn’t retire any of the five batters he faced.
Myers’ two-run homer, his ninth of the season, cut Seattle’s lead to 4-3 in the sixth after a leadoff double by Longoria.
Rookies Brad Miller and Nick Franklin drove in three runs with back-to-back extra-base hits in the fifth to give the Mariners a three-run lead.
Dodgers rally to beat Mets 5-4 for 8th win in row
LOS ANGELES (AP) ― Yasiel Puig turned a slow bouncer past the Mets’ diving shortstop into a one-out double in the 12th inning then scored on Adrian Gonzalez’s two-base hit, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 victory over New York on Wednesday night that extended their winning streak to eight games.
Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier tied the game with a two-run homer off LaTroy Hawkins in the ninth. Ethier returned after sitting out a day earlier with tightness in his left calf.
Puig legged out a double that glanced off Omar Quintanilla’s glove and into center field after going hitless in his first five at-bats. Gonzalez hit the next pitch off Pedro Feliciano (0-1) down the left field line, maintaining the Dodgers’ 7 1/2-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.
Paco Rodriguez (3-2) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the victory, the Dodgers’ 12th in a row in one-run games, extending their franchise record.