Wendle drives in winning run late against K.C.

by Gary Shelton on May 16, 2018 · 0 comments

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Wendle singled in the winning run in the ninth./CARMEN MANDATO

Wendle singled in the winning run in the ninth./JEFFREY S. KING

Wednesday, 3 a.m.

Finally, the Tampa Bay Rays seem to be figuring out this one-run thing.

After losing 12 of their first 17 one-run games, the Bolts won their second in a row Tuesday night in a 6-5 victory over Kansas City. Joey Wendle singled in Johnny Field with the winning run in the ninth inning.

The Rays started rookie Anthony Banda for the first time, and Banda responded with five innings (six hits) and three runs. Alex Colome got his eighth save for Tampa Bay.

"It was pretty exciting," Cash said. "He's young. He threw strikes.We got him a 3-0 lead, which obviously help. It settles him down down with his anxiety. He

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Colome got his eighth save./CARMEN MANDATO

Colome got his eighth save./CARMEN MANDATO

came out and had the kind of efficency he had early on. He looked the part. The fastball played very well.He threw some pretty good change-ups in there. The slider is still a work in progress. He’s seeing progress. It was a big step for him."

Cash was pleased to see Wendle's two-out single to left to knock in the winning run.

"I think Joey, the last couple of games, hasn’t quite looked like himself," Cash said. "He came up with a huge hit for us.  To erase what he had done leading up and do what he did ... nice."

The Rays took leads of 3-0 and 5-3, but Whit Merrifield tied the game in the seventh with a two-run single to left.

The Rays, however, came back to win.

Tampa Bay concludes its series against Kanas City today. Jake Faria pitches against Jason Hammel. The game begins at 2;15 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium.

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