Rays came into this game looking for their 4th win in a row and second consecutive series win.
They would send Official starter #4 Yonny Chirinos to the mound to face off against Phil Hughes and the Lefy heavy Twins.
Yonnys first ”official” start was good but not great. He seemed as if he was missing his spots, but only walked Joe Mauer (twice) and struck out 6. He did give up a home run to Eduardo Escobar and an RBI single to the previous game’s grand slam hitter Eddie Rosario after a Dozier single and Mauer walked.
Chirinos only lasted 4.2 innings at 83 pitches but threw 55 for strikes. With the Minnesota Twins facing Yonny for a third time, Cash went to his bullpen, who did a favorable but not stellar job, leaving with the game tied at 2 after a 1st inning HR for C.J. Cron.
Yarby would take over and go 1.2 innings and only gave up 1 hit, a double to Kepler to score Logan Morrison, which gave the Twins a temporary lead.
The Rays would answer in the Bottom of the 6th with a Wendle single, scoring Daniek Robertson who went 4-4 on the night.
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Back to our recap: Two batters later, with two men on, Hech gets a hold of a breaking ball and hits his first HR of the year to score two and give the Rays a 6-3 lead.
Chaz Roe would replace Yarby in the 7th and gave up an RBI single to Sano to trim the Rays lead to 2. Roe was then quickly replaced by Alvarado, who got Rosario to ground into a double play and get the Rays out of trouble.
Alvarado would come back on for the 8th and after a leadoff single by LoMo, got the next two batters out. A single by Adrianza would force Cash to call upon Romo.
Romo did not have a good day. He walked Garver to load the bases And then gave up a single to Dozier and tie the game at 6.
At this point it was not looking good. The Rays would put the first two runners on in the bottom of the 8th with no one out. But then Hech would strike out and Span grounded into a double play.
Romo was obviously done for the night which meant it was Colome’s turn, he who started the season shaky, but had looked much better as of late.
That was no worry for the All stsr closer as he came in and sat down the side on three strikeouts.
In true Rays fashion, and what weve really all expect out of this team so far, our 2 through 4 hitters came up shor—
Rays walk it off with an absolute no doubter 2-Run HR by Carlos Gomez.
(I love this team.)
Rays win 8-6, and look to take their streak on the road against a struggling Baltimore team. First pitch is at 7:05 PM Tuesday.