Two Logans lead late Tampa Bay Rays’ victory

by Gary Shelton on June 16, 2016 · 0 comments

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Morrison celebrates after forcing him the winning run with walk./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Morrison celebrates after forcing him the winning run with walk./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Thursday, 9 a.m.

Welcome back, Logan Forsythe.

Forsythe, playing in only his fifth game since returning from a broken scapula, tripled to start the 13th inning Wednesday and later scored to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. A bases-loaded walk by Logan Morrison scored him.

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Forsythe had three hits to lead the Rays./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Forsyth had three hits to lead the Rays./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

It was Forsythe's third hit of the night.

The Rays won despite giving up an early two-run homer to Nelson Cruz. The Mariners did not score again, however.

Drew Smyly struck out 12 for the Rays, and reliever Matt Andriese went to 6-0 in his first bullpen appearance. He went 2 2/3 innings.

“It was awesome,” said manager Kevin Cash of Smyly's effort. “He got some extra days, it seemed like it really benefited well for him. He was spot on. He gave up a two-run homer and that’s it. Really happy for Drew [that he] bounced back the way he did. He had a couple rough starts, rough outings. Obviously that

Longoria had to leave the game with tightness in his left forearm./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Longoria had to leave the game with tightness in his left forearm./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

was a really good start, kept us right in the ballgame and gave us every opportunity to win.

“Matt was outstanding. That’s a difficult conversation to have with Matt, but understanding what’s best for the team, Matt’s a team guy. He understands that that’s gonna help us win games, and fortunately for us, him being down there won us a ball game.”

The Rays struck out 19 times Wednesday night, tying for the most in franchise history. Together, the batters for the two teams struck out 35 times.

It was only the Rays' second walk-off win of the season.

Third baseman Evan Longoria had to leave the game after hurting himself on a check swing.

“Longo’s been dealing with a tight forearm, and the at-bat before the last at-bat, he kinda swung and it really grabbed him. It flared up on him, became really sore over the next inning or two, so we felt that it was probably smart to get him out of there.”

Today, the Rays play the Mariners again with rookie Blake Snell on the mound.

Rays' Tim Beckham is hit by a pitch in the 13th./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Rays' Tim Beckham is hit by a pitch in the 13th./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

 

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