Rays Use Wild Finish To Even Series With Blue Jays

Kevin Kiermaier is congratulated after scoring the winning run on a wild pitch in the 10th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG (WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays spotted the Toronto Blue Jays a six-run lead before coming back to tie the game in regulation, and a wild pitch allowed Kevin Kiermaier to score the winning run as Tampa Bay took a 7-6 decision in ten innings Tuesday.

Toronto took a 3-0 lead on Andrew Kittredge, who retired the first five men he faced via the strikeout, bit gabe up a base hit to Randal Grichuk and walked Teoscar Hernandez before Brandon Drury's three-run homer, his 13th of the year, started the scoring.

Cavan Biggio made it 4-0 an inning later with a solo home run off Ryan Yarbrough, and a pair of throwing errors in the fouth by Eric Sogard and Matt Duffy led two a pair of unearned runs against Yarbrough.

Tampa Bay rallied to tie the game in the home half of the fourth, as Sogard led off the inning with a base hit against Trent Thornton and Avisail Garcia followed his 15th home run of the year. After striking out Kevin Kiermaier, Matt Duffy reached on a base hit and Willy Adames homered, his 15th of the year, to cut the deficit back to 6-4. Then after Ji-Man Choi popped out, it would be Travis d'Arnaud that would single in front of Austin Meadows, whose 19th home run of the season tied the game 6-6 and ended Thornton's night.

Toronto had a chance to regain the lead in the ninth, as Drury singled with one out, and moved to third base on a double by Danny Jansen against Emilio Pagan. However, the Rays closer than struck out both Bo Bichette and Biggio to send the game to the bottom of the ninth tied.

The Rays then loaded the bases in the tenth with nobody out against Buddy Boshers thanks to a double by Kiermaier, a walk to Duffy and a sacrifice bunt fielder's choice from Adames. Pinch-hitter Tommy Pham and d'Arnaud each struck out, but the left-hander's pitch in the dirt on a 2-2 count to Meadows got past Jansen to the backstop and Kiermaier scored standing up to finish the game.

The win is just the Rays third walk-off win this season, and the second time they have rallied from a six-run deficit to win a game.

Diego Castillo worked a perfect tenth to earn his second win of the year

WEDNESDAY'S MATCHUP

Tampa Bay Rays (66-49) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (46-70), 1:10 pm first pitch, with coverage on WDAE beginning at noon with The Inside Pitch.

Rays starter: LHP Brendan McKay (2-1, 4.38 ERA)

Blue Jays starter: RHP Wilmer Font (3-2, 4.91 ERA)

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