Ramirez’ extra-inning double lifts Rays to win

by Gary Shelton on September 28, 2022

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Wednesday, 4 a.m.

If you don't think this one was ugly, consider this:

The Tampa Bay Rays used more pitchers Tuesday night than they had hits.

The Rays, somehow, won a 6-5, 11-inning marathon against the Cleveland Guardians, complete with a rain delay They remain in second place in the Wild Card standings. Their magic number is three.

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It was a two-strike, two-out, two-RBI double for Harold Ramirez in the bottom of the 11th that finally allowed the Rays to win. It took more than four hours and nine pitchers along the way.

The Rays scored four times in the fourth, collecting four hits. After that, however, the offense dried up and didn't get another baserunner (expect for the ghost runners in extra innings) until the top of the 11th, when Wander Franco went from and 0-2 count to get a walk.

Ramirez, who finished with two doubles and three RBI, had just missed badly on a sinking pitch for his second strike. He then pulled another low pitch down the third-base line to knock in Taylor Walls ( the ghost-runner) and Franco for the win.

Jose Ramirez had a bloop single for an RBI in the bottom of the inning, but Calvin Faucher earned the first save of his career.

“Really big hit," Rays' manager Kevin Cash said of Ramirez' double. "Big at-bat. Their bullpen is really good. It’s a really good team. It looked like Harold pulled that one from the ground and got it by Ramirez down the line for a double."

The Rays play Cleveland again tonight at 6 :10 p.m. Tyler Glasnow will start for the Rays in his return. He'll go against Tristan McKenzie.

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