Rays Rally to Sweep Braves

By on August 13, 2015

 

Now, No lead is safe against the Tampa Bay Rays.

 Curt Casali (19) hits the dagger, a two-run home run in the seventh. (photo  Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports)

Curt Casali (19) hits the dagger, a two-run home run in the seventh. (photo Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports)

The Rays entered the final game of the series one game over .500 and posting a 6-3 record in the month of August.  They were looking to win back-to-back-to-back series for the first time since May 29-June 7.

It did not look like the Rays would be winning this game at first glance as Jake Odorizzi got himself into a jam to start the 2nd inning when he gave up a single to A.J. Pierzynski and a double to Adonis Garcia.  Odorizzi regained control of the inning striking out the next two batters he faced before giving up a two out double to first baseman Joey Terdoslavich. Terdoslavich would come around and score on a single by Pedro Ciriaco who was thrown out trying to stretch that single into a double.  The Rays cut the deficit to two runs in the bottom of the second as Logan Forsythe led off the inning with a single and came around to score on a ground out by Kevin Kiermaier.

Trouble found Odorizzi again in the fifth as Ciriaco led off with a solo home run to put the Braves up 4-1.  Grady Sizemore answered in the bottom of the 5th with a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year and the 10th consecutive game that the Rays have hit a home run.  The Braves answered in the top of the seventh scoring 2 runs to extend the lead to 6-3.

Then came the bottom of the seventh.  Sizemore continued with the hot bat by leading off with a ground rule double.  Longoria followed with an infield single.  James Loney doubled to bring in Sizemore.  Longoria followed by scoring on a Logan Forsythe sacrifice fly to pull the Rays within one run.

The Rays weren’t done with the seventh inning though.

Tim Beckham, who had come in to pitch run for James Loney, scored on a wild pitch tying the game at six.  Brandon Guyer then doubled and scored the go ahead run on a Keirmaier two-out grounder when Braves pitcher Matt Marksberry failed to step on first base on the throw from first baseman Terdoslavich.  That mistake proved to be crucial as the next batter, Curt Casali, hit a towering 2 run homer off the left field foul pole to put the game away and seal the victory and the sweep for the Rays.

Rays’ manager Kevin Cash summed up the seventh inning when he said… “If that’s not resilient, I’m not sure what is.  It was a pretty impressive inning we put together there.  Some good at-bats, some key at-bats from a lot of different people.”

It was the 24th come-from-behind victory of the season for the Rays who are now two games over .500 for the first time since July 5.  The victory also moved the Rays within 2 games of the Los Angeles Angels who occupy the final Wildcard spot.

Final

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Atlanta

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Tampa Bay

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14

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W: A. Colome (5-4)   L: M. Marksberry (0-1)   S: B. Boxberger (29)

Atlanta Braves
Player AB R H RBI TB BB K AVG OBP SLG
M. Bourn, LF 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 .067 .067 .067
C. Maybin, CF 4 0 2 0 3 0 1 .271 .331 .379
N. Markakis, RF 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 .301 .372 .379
A. Pierzynski, C 4 1 1 0 1 0 1 .296 .332 .432
A. Garcia, 3B 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 .250 .271 .485
J. Peterson, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .244 .321 .346
N. Swisher, DH 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .083 .214 .167
  E. Perez, PR-DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .276 .339 .310
J. Terdoslavich, 1B 3 2 2 1 4 1 1 .191 .224 .362
P. Ciriaco, SS 3 1 2 4 5 0 1 .265 .265 .388
Totals 33 6 9 5 15 3 10

 

Tampa Bay Rays
Player AB R H RBI TB BB K AVG OBP SLG
J. Jaso, DH 3 0 1 0 2 0 1 .316 .385 .481
  R. Shaffer, PH-DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .333 .500 .833
G. Sizemore, LF 5 2 3 1 7 0 2 .247 .262 .519
E. Longoria, 3B 5 1 1 0 1 0 3 .277 .345 .433
J. Loney, 1B 4 1 3 1 4 0 0 .269 .319 .365
  T. Beckham, PR-2B 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .227 .286 .432
L. Forsythe, 2B-1B 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 .280 .362 .440
A. Cabrera, SS 4 1 2 0 2 0 0 .259 .310 .407
D. Nava, RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .151 .267 .178
  B. Guyer, PH-RF 2 1 1 0 2 0 1 .251 .360 .384
K. Kiermaier, CF 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 .245 .278 .402
C. Casali, C 4 1 1 3 4 0 1 .224 .286 .579
Totals 37 9 14 7 24 2 11

2B: Atl 3, C. Maybin (15), J. Terdoslavich 2 (3). TB 4, J. Jaso (10), G. Sizemore (4), J. Loney (9), B. Guyer (12).HR: Atl 1, P. Ciriaco (1). TB 2, G. Sizemore (6), C. Casali (8).HR Detail: Atl, P. Ciriaco (Inning: 5 , 1 Out, 0 on) off J. Odorizzi. TB, G. Sizemore (Inning: 5 , 1 Out, 0 on) off M. Wisler, TB, C. Casali (Inning: 7 , 2 Out, 1 on) off R. Kelly.Scoring Position: Atl – 3 for 8.TB – 3 for 10. SF: Atl 1, P. Ciriaco (1). TB 1, L. Forsythe (1).

Atlanta Braves
Player IP H R ER BB K HR BFP Pit B-S ERA OpBA
M. Wisler 5.0 7 2 2 2 5 1 23 96 35 – 61 4.74 .302
A. McKirahan, (Hld 3) 0.2 2 1 1 0 1 0 4 13 6 – 7 4.50 .309
D. Aardsma, (Hld 5) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 2 – 3 4.44 .209
M. Marksberry, (L 0-1, BS 1) 0.2 4 5 3 0 0 0 7 21 8 – 13 5.14 .300
R. Kelly 0.1 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 9 3 – 6 8.53 .407
A. Vizcaino 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 13 3 – 10 0.61 .173

 

Tampa Bay Rays
Player IP H R ER BB K HR BFP Pit B-S ERA OpBA
J. Odorizzi 6.0 9 6 6 1 6 1 26 105 37 – 68 3.09 .231
A. Colome, (W 5-4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 12 4 – 8 4.30 .283
J. McGee, (Hld 17) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 15 4 – 11 1.93 .162
B. Boxberger, (S 29) 1.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 5 26 12 – 14 2.89 .225

Errors: Atl 1, M. Marksberry (1). Double Plays: TB 1, (Loney to A.Cabrera to Odorizzi).Stolen Bases: TB 1, K. Kiermaier (12).Wild Pitches: Atl 1, M. Marksberry. TB 1, A. Colome. Umpires: HP–Wolcott, 1B–Cederstrom, 2B–Tumpane, 3B–Barksdale.Time: 3:12Attendance – 16,337

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