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Souza's Blast Gives Rays Extra-Inning Win

Adeiny Hechaverria's four-hit night included driving in the tying run with two out in the top of the ninth inning, while Steven Souza Jr.'s three-run homer off Darren O'Day in the tenth proved to be the difference as the Tampa Bay Rays defeat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 Friday at Camden Yards.

Tampa Bay jumped out to an early 2-0 in the second inning, as Steven Souza Jr. singled with one out in front of Wilson Ramos, who hit his first homer as a member of the Rays, a two-run blast to center.

But the offense stopped scoring for Faria after that home run, and the right-hander ended up allowing an unearned run in the fourth on a double by Rickard, allowing Wellington Castillo, who reached on a fielding error by Adeiny Hechaverria, to score all the way from first.

The Rays chased Orioles starter Chris Tillman after loading the bases on a single by Evan Longoria and walks to Logan Morrison and Souza with nobody out in the sixth.  However, reliever Miguel Castro got Ramos to roll into a 5-2-3 double play, then struck out Tim Beckham to keep Tampa Bay from adding on to their lead.

That would be the turning point of the game, as Rickard came up to lead off the bottom of the inning and hit his third homer of the year to tie the game.

Baltimore took the lead an inning later, with Adam Jones doubling and taking third on a fielding error by Souza to lead off the frame, scoring on a base hit by Mark Trumbo.  

Tampa Bay found themselves down to their final out against Orioles closer Brad Brach when pinch-hitter Shane Peterson drew a walk and took second on a balk.  Manager Kevin Cash then brought in Peter Bourjos to pinch-run, and he took third on a wild pitch in front of Hechaverria's fourth hit of the day.

Jumbo Diaz worked a perfect ninth, and Dickerson and Morrison were both walked by O'Day, setting up Souza to unload for his 15th home run of the year for a 6-3 lead.

Alex Colome allowed a leadoff homer to Mark Trumbo on his first pitch in the bottom of the inning, but retired the next three hitters in a row to earn his 21st save of the year.

The win pushes the Rays back to two games over .500 at 42-40.

Tampa Bay can earn a series win Saturday, as Jake Odorizzi (4-3, 4.00 ERA) takes on Dylan Bundy (8-6, 3.73 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 4:05, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 3:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Sykes Lakeland.

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