Longoria continues to lead torrid Rays

by Gary Shelton on June 15, 2016 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Souza injured his hip diving for a fly ball.

Souza injured his hip diving for a fly ball.

Wednesday, 5:50 a.m.

The rebirth of Evan Longoria continues.

Longoria, at 30, hit his seventh home run in 10 games and 15 RBI over his last 20 to lead the Rays to an 8-7 comeback victory. His home run in the seventh tied the game at 7, setting up Corey Dickerson to knock in Logan Morrison with the winning run.

“Longo’s been a lot better than pretty good, he’s been outstanding in every moment,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Whether it’s on defense, coming up late

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in the ball game or early in the ball game, his at-bats are just tremendous and he’s getting big hit after big hit for us.”

Odorizzi was ejected after arguing balls and strikes.

Odorizzi was ejected after arguing balls and strikes.

Rays' starter Jake Odorizzi gave up four runs in the second, but he said it was a learning evening for him.

“It was a weird game,” Odorizzi said. “Two mistakes got hit and they cost me four runs. But I felt like I kind of figured something out tonight moving forward, which is always a good thing. So I think there’s some good stuff to come, hopefully, but that’s my big takeaway.”

Rookie Ryan Garton got his first win for the Rays. Reliever Alex Colome converted his 19th straight save.

Dickerson had predicted that the offense would come around.

“Like we said early in the year, the offense will come. These guys are keeping us in the game every night,” Dickerson said. “If you keep us in the game long enough, we can string together some good at-bats and that’s what we are doing right now. We are playing really good team ball and that’s what it takes.”

Outfielder Steven Souza injured his hip late in the game, but was optimistic it would not fell him for long.

“I think right now it doesn’t look too bad,” Souza said. “We’ll know more tomorrow. ... The x-rays were negative. Just come in tomorrow and see how I feel, take it from there.”

The Rays send Drew Smyly to the mound tonight to face former teammate Nathan Karns.

Longoria hit his seventh home run over the last 10 games.

Longoria hit his seventh home run over the last 10 games.



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