Longoria's HR in ninth lifts Rays over RedsJun 29, 2011 - 6:25 AM
Evan Longoria homered off Logan Ondrusek to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning, propelling the Rays to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the middle test of a three-game series at Tropicana Field.
Cincinnati's Jay Bruce had blasted a game-tying homer off Tampa Bay's Kyle Farnsworth to begin the top of the ninth.
The Rays picked up their first win in eight games vs. Cincinnati, the lone team they previously didn't have a win against.
Despite blowing his second save of the season, Farnsworth (3-1) earned the win after Longoria deposited Ondrusek's (3-3) second pitch into the left-field seats for his third career walk-off home run.
Only one run was up on the board through the first seven innings, a solo shot to right field in the fourth off the bat of Tampa Bay designated hitter Johnny Damon.
The Reds solved Tampa Bay starter David Price in the eighth, scoring twice to take the lead.
Drew Stubbs led off with a triple and scored the tying run on a single by Edgar Renteria. Price struck out the next two batters, matching his career- high of 12, before Joey Votto ripped the left-hander's 119th and final pitch into the left-field corner for an RBI double.
Joel Peralta fanned Scott Rolen to end the inning and was in line for the win after a bloop double by Damon put the Rays up 3-2 in the home half of the eighth.
Price couldn't get a decision despite piling up 12 strikeouts, tying a career- high.
"It's frustrating, but we won," Price said of not getting a win under his belt. "That's the good thing."
John Jaso and Sam Fuld hit consecutive singles off Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto, who was replaced by Bill Bray after Reid Brignac flied to left for the second out.
Damon then hit a popup and Reds left fielder Chris Heisey nearly made an incredible diving grab, but to no avail, as both runners crossed the plate.
The teams were all even when Bruce drilled a 3-2 offering from Farnsworth to straightaway center.
"What an interesting game. Both starting pitchers were fabulous, both sides," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Their guy was really impressive and so was ours."
Price, who retired the first 14 batters he faced, gave up two runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings...Cueto was charged with three runs on four hits and fanned six in 7 2/3 frames...Renteria now has 899 career RBI...Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips celebrated his 30th birthday.
- CINCINNATI: 3
TAMPA BAY: 4
Jun 28 10:00 PM
- Jay Bruce lead-off Home Run (18) to center. Jonny Gomes due up.
Reds 3, Rays 3 Top 9, 0 OutsJun 28 9:54 PM
- Johnny Damon double to second scored Justin Ruggiano and Sam Fuld. Runner on second with two out and Ben Zobrist due up.
Reds 2, Rays 3 Bot 8, 2 OutsJun 28 9:51 PM
- Joel Peralta enters the game with a runner on third and two out.
Reds 2, Rays 1 Top 8, 2 OutsJun 28 9:14 PM
- Edgar Renteria single to left scored Drew Stubbs. Runner on first with none out and Chris Heisey due up.
Reds 1, Rays 1 Top 8, 0 OutsJun 28 9:02 PM
- Johnny Damon lead-off Home Run (9) to right. Ben Zobrist due up.
Reds 0, Rays 1 Bot 4, 0 OutsJun 28 7:57 PM
- CINCINNATI: 0
TAMPA BAY: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 28 7:11 PM
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