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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: An incredible night of baseball

Longoria’s cycle, A-Jax’s incredible catch, and some career first

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, the Tampa Bay Ray defeated the Houston Astros by the score of 6-4, with everyone delivering solid efforts. Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homerer, with Longoria later adding a triple, single, and a double to hit for the second cycle in Rays history.

Lucas Duda continues to be unstoppable force of dudeness as he provided a multi-hit day and came inches from another homer. Despite not having his best stuff, Chris Archer managed to hold the best offense in baseball at bay for the first five innings, before surrendering two homers. He’d leave with runners on base in the seventh — both of whom, came around to score. The bullpen would record all of the outs in the final three innings, yielding just one hit and a walk over those frames.

The Yankees lost, but the Red Sox won, leapfrogging them back of the Yankees for the division lead. The Rays meanwhile are now four games back in the East and 1.5 games back of the Kansas City Royals in the Wild Card chase, tied with the Seattle Mariners.