This time, the rally holds up for Rays

by Gary Shelton on April 7, 2024

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Diaz drove in the winning runs./TIM WIRT

Sunday, 4 a.m.

This time, they not only came from behind, they stayed there.

For the second straight night, the bats of the Tampa Bay Rays came to life to grab a late lead. The difference was that this time, the Rays kept the lead.

The Rays scored five times in the eighth inning, and twice in the seventh, to rally from a 6-1 deficit and beat the Colorado Rockies, 8-6. And while comebacks are fun, the difference this time was that Jason Adam  and Colin Poche retired the Rockies in order in the eighth and ninth.

It was quite a difference. The night before, closer Pete Fairbanks had walked three straight batters and Adam had given up a grand slam in an 11-7 loss.

The big inning was the eighth. With two outs and two strikes Issac Paredes hit a solo homer. After that, Richie Palacios singled, Harold Ramirez doubled, Amed Rosario singled and Ben Rortvedt walked.

That brought up Yandy Diaz with the bases loaded and the score tied at 6. With two outs, Diaz hit ball to the right side, where it took a bad hop for a two-run single.

Ryan Feltner had dominated the Rays early. He went six innings and allowed just two hits and one run.

The Rays, 4-5, will start Ryan Peptiot against Dakota Hudson of the Rockies today at 3:10 p.m.

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