Rivera leads Rays’ walk-off victory

by Gary Shelton on April 24, 2015 · 0 comments

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Rivera was the unllikiest of hers for the Rays/ANDREW J. KRAMER

Rivera was the unllikiest of hers for the Rays/ANDREW J. KRAMER

Friday, 1:18 a.m.

Rene Rivera hasn't done very well with the bat this year.

Late into Thursday night's game, for instance, he was hitting only .118.

He had just tried to execute a hit-and-run and failed.

Naturally, all that was left was for Rivera to be the hero.

He was, singling just inside the third-base line as the Rays won their first walk-off game of the season, a 2-1 victory over the first-place Red Sox that gave the Rays a series win. The victory evens the Rays' season record at 8-8, and they have finally escaped the AL East cellar. They are in fourth place, but they're only one game out.

Much of the game was a pitching battle between the Rays' Jake Odorizzi and Clay Bucholtz of the Sox. Odorizzi gave up only three hits and a single run in seven innings. Once again, the Rays' bullpen was flawless.

 

Odorizzi threw seven innings of three-hit baseball./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Odorizzi threw seven innings of three-hit baseball/ANDREW J. KRAMER

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