BALTIMORE -- Joe Maddon almost ran out of breath trying to pass around the credit for a Tampa Bay victory that required two late comebacks and an inspired 11th-inning uprising.
Ben Zobrist got four extra-base hits and scored four runs, including the tiebreaker in the 11th on a single by Evan Longoria, leading the Rays past the Baltimore Orioles 7-5 on Saturday night.Longoria had three RBIs and Casey Kotchman went 4 for 6 with two RBIs for the Rays, who forced extra innings with a run in the ninth off Baltimore closer Kevin Gregg.But the list of stars went much deeper than that.Justin Ruggiano and B.J. Upton made great catches in the outfield, Matt Joyce unselfishly advanced runners on the bases and John Jaso did a solid job handling six different pitchers."Just go around the field," Maddon said. "Whether it was Ruggiano going over the wall, B.J. doing the Willie Mays thing, Matt moving runners, Jaso really good game behind the plate ... every player contributed tonight to that win."Especially Zobrist, whose four extra-base hits tied a club record. His four runs matched a career high."I feel good about spraying the ball around the field," Zobrist said. "But the story was just the way our team battled back."Zobrist had three doubles and a triple. He started the 11th with a double off Jeremy Accardo (3-2) and took third on a groundout. After Longoria hit a soft liner to center, Kotchman followed with an RBI double.Juan Cruz (4-0) got two outs in the 10th and Kyle Farnsworth worked the 11th for his 14th save.Baltimore took a 5-4 lead in the eighth when Joel Peralta forced in a run by walking rookie Brandon Snyder with the bases loaded and two outs.Tampa Bay tied it in the ninth against Gregg, who has four blown saves. After Zobrist hit a one-out triple and Joyce walked, Longoria popped out. But Kotchman followed with an RBI single up the middle."We needed it," Longoria said. "The bats seemed to have been hit or miss this year. ... That was a big win for us."Johnny Damon got two hits and scored twice for the Rays. He has reached base in 36 consecutive games, a career high and one short of Ben Grieve's club record. His fifth-inning double lifted him into a tie for 54th place on the career list with Al Kaline and Bill Buckner.Mark Reynolds homered twice and drove in three runs for the Orioles, whose four-game winning streak ended."We had our chances. That's what we are trying to do," Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie said. "We have been so good closing out games recently that it's tough. We're not going to always have everything go well for us and perfect. And tonight we let them back in the game."Rays starter David Price gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, striking out six and walking one. He lost a three-run lead and yielded both of Reynolds' homers.Guthrie allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. He has only one win in his last 12 starts despite owning a respectable 3.77 ERA for the season.Reynolds' second home run, a drive to center with a man on, put Baltimore up 4-3 in the sixth.But the Rays pulled even with an unearned run in the seventh against Jim Johnson. Zobrist led off with a double and was at second with two outs when Kotchman hit a bouncer up the middle. Second baseman Robert Andino caught up to the ball, but his throw to first was wild, enabling Zobrist to score.In the Baltimore half, J.J. Hardy greeted J.P. Howell with a drive to left that a leaping Ruggiano caught at the wall.That began a perfect inning for the struggling Howell, who came in with a 15.75 ERA.Tampa Bay got a first-inning run when Damon singled and scored on a two-out double by Longoria.It became 3-0 in the fifth when Damon and Zobrist hit successive doubles and Longoria added an RBI single.Reynolds led off the bottom half with a drive over the wall in right-center and Adam Jones added a run-scoring double with two outs to bring Baltimore to 3-2.
After the game, the Rays activated infielder Elliott Johnson (left knee sprain) from the disabled list and designated infielder Felipe Lopez for assignment. ... Baltimore has been outscored 29-14 in the first inning. ... It was the 10th multihomer game of Reynolds' career. He leads the Orioles with 12 homers for the season.
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Home Plate - Tim Welke, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Mike Dimuro, Third Base - Jim Reynolds
Mark Reynolds has homered twice off David Price in Saturday's game in Baltimore.
Entering Saturday, Price had allowed one career home run to the Orioles in 39 1/3 innings. The only Orioles player to homer off Price before Reynolds was Miguel Tejada, who did so on April 14, 2010 also in Baltimore.