Rays’ latest extra-inning win pays off

by Gary Shelton on July 15, 2017 · 0 comments

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Miller's double drove in the winning run ... again./CARMEN MANDATO

Miller's double drove in the winning run ... again./CARMEN MANDATO

Saturday, 3 a.m.

For a team trying to make a move, the second half of the season could not have started any better.

The Rays moved into second-place in the American League East, and they went to five games above .500 for the first time all season with a 2-1, 10-inning victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Rays now trail only the Boston Red Sox in the division.

Brad Miller, once again, provided the winning run in this one. He doubled in

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Faria threw another quality win against Angels./CARMEN MANDATO

Faria threw another quality win against Angels./CARMEN MANDATO

the 10th to drive in catcher Wilson Ramos from first base. Miller hit a 1-2 pitch from reliever Cam Bedrosian for the winning run. Last Sunday, Miller hit the game-winning home run against Boston's Joe Kelly to lead to the victory.

Miller's hit was just the fourth of the night for the Rays. Evan Longoria had a double and a homer for Tampa Bay, while Ramos singled before Miller's double off the fence.

"Honestly I, kind of got behind and tried to fight," Miller said. "I was just trying to shorten up and put something on it."

Since coming off the disabled list a week earlier, Miller has hit .384 with two doubles, a homer and four RBI.

The Rays' bullpen pitched 3 1/3 innings of shutout baseball. Brad Boxberger got the win, and Alex Colome picked up his 26th save. That came in support of rookie Jake

Longoria had half of the Rays' hits with a homer and a double./CARMEN MANDATO

Longoria had half of the Rays' hits with a homer and a double./CARMEN MANDATO

Faria pitched his seventh straight quality start. Faria went 6 2/3 innings and allowed only five hits and one earned run.

In the fourth and fifth, Faria left five runners on base to preserve the tie.

For the Rays, all-star Corey Dickerson continued his slide. He is four for his last 38, and his average is down to .308. Dickerson is hitting .105 over his last 11 games.

The Rays play the Angels again tonight in Anaheim when Alex Cobb pitches against Jesse Chavez.

Boxberger pitched well again for the Rays. in getting the win./CARMEN MANDATO

Boxberger pitched well again for the Rays. in getting the win./CARMEN MANDATO

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