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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: A grand afternoon in St. Pete

Rays history is made, Carlos Gomez has been good, and Kevin Kiermaier is injured again

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MLB: Miami Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to the bottom of the 9th inning of Sunday afternoon’s Citrus Series finale, the Tampa Bay Rays had played lousily. They had showed signs of life, but way too late as they fell by one run in the first two games of the series.

With things looking dim once again on Sunday, the Rays rallied from a 4-1 deficit to load the bases with two outs, and now down, 4-2.

Daniel Robertson stepped in and made history as he launched the first walk-off grand slam in franchise history to give the Rays their first victory since returning from the All-Star break.

Chris Archer labored through a tough second inning and delivered a solid outing as he struck out 13 Marlins over 6 innings pitched. Ryne Stanek delivered a scoreless 7th and Adam Kolarek provided two scoreless innings of relief in the 8th and 9th.

Carlos Gomez had a two hit days, quietly since the start of June, Gomez has been among the better hitters on the team. Since June 1st, he is hitting .256/.357/.372, and despite not lighting up the charts in the power department, he has a 110 wRC+.

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