Rays take out Astros in extrasJul 4, 2013 - 11:01 PM Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Yunel Escobar drove in three runs, including a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 11th inning as the Tampa Bay Rays edged the Houston Astros, 7-5, in the finale of a four-game series.
With Josh Fields (0-1) pitching for the Astros, Jose Lobaton walked to begin the inning and advanced to second on a passed ball. Escobar then ripped an RBI double to right to give the Rays the lead. He later scored on a wild pitch thrown by Wesley Wright.
Jamey Wright (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th to pick up the win and Fernando Rodney worked around a leadoff walk in the 11th to notch his 18th save.
The Rays have won five of their last six games.
Brett Wallace went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI. Jake Elmore drove in the other run for the Astros, who have lost eight of 10.
Desmond Jennings ripped a double to left center to start the game and Matt Joyce's single to right put runners at the corners, Following a fly out by Ben Zobrist, Evan Longoria grounded out to third to score Jennings.
Houston got on the board in the fourth when Wallace homered on a 1-1 pitch to lead off.
An inning later, Brandon Barnes singled to right and Jimmy Paredes drew a walk. After a double steal, Elmore hit a sacrifice fly to right, giving the Astros the lead.
In the seventh, Lobaton drew a one-out walk but was forced out at second on a grounder by Escobar. Following a Jennings double to center, Escobar scored on a wild pitch thrown by Astros starter Jordan Lyles, tying the game.
The Rays had a chance to take the lead after Joyce drew a walk. However, Travis Blackley, coming in relief for Lyles, ended the rally when he got Zobrist to ground one back to the mound.
With Jose Cisnero pitching for Houston in the eighth, Longoria drew a leadoff walk. Sam Fuld came in as a pinch-runner and reached third on a Wil Myers double. Kelly Johnson was then intentionally walked, loading the bases. Lobaton grounded into a fielder's choice to second, but brought Fuld home to take the lead.
Next up was Escobar, who delivered a two-RBI double to center to give the Rays a 5-2 lead.
However, the Astros came back in the home half, thanks to a three-run homer by Wallace. Elmore walked to begin the inning and Jose Altuve smacked a line drive up the middle prior to Wallace's smash.
In the ninth, the Rays were retired in order. For the Astros, Barnes drew a one-out walk and stole second, but Paredes struck out and Elmore flew out to center, sending the game into extra innings.
Houston had a chance to win the game in the 10th. Wallace singled with one out in the bottom of the 10th and Jason Castro was hit in the foot to put a runner in scoring position. Chris Carter struck out swinging.
J.D. Martinez nearly drove in the game-winning run when he smacked a 1-1 pitch to right, but it fell into foul territory. He ended up striking out.
In the bottom of the 11th, Rodney walked Ronny Cedeno but retired the next three batters to end the game.
The Rays are 5-11 on Independence Day, including 2-9 on the road ... Rays first baseman James Loney went 1-for-4 and is on a career-high tying 15-game hitting streak ... Escobar has played 42 consecutive errorless games, second- longest in franchise history ... Barnes stole two bases. He has nine this season, which leads all rookies.
- Jake Elmore lined out to third to end the game.
Jul 4 6:29 PM
- Yunel Escobar scored on a Wesley Wright wild pitch with two out. None on and Ben Zobrist at the plate.
Rays 7, Astros 5 Top 11, 2 OutsJul 4 6:19 PM
- Yunel Escobar double to right scored Jose Lobaton with none out. Runner on second and Desmond Jennings due up.
Rays 6, Astros 5 Top 11, 0 OutsJul 4 6:11 PM
- Brett Wallace none-out, three-run Home Run 2 (3) to right scored Jake Elmore and Jose Altuve. Jason Castro due up.
Rays 5, Astros 5 Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 4 4:57 PM
- Yunel Escobar double to center scored Wil Myers and Jose Lobaton with two out. Runner on second and Desmond Jennings due up.
Rays 5, Astros 2 Top 8, 2 OutsJul 4 4:44 PM
- Jose Lobaton grounded into a fielder's choice, second to short scoring Sam Fuld with two out. On the play, Kelly Johnson out at second and Wil Myers advances to third. Runners on first and third with Yunel Escobar due up.
Rays 3, Astros 2 Top 8, 2 OutsJul 4 4:43 PM
- Yunel Escobar scored on a Jordan Lyles wild pitch with two out. On the play, Desmond Jennings advances to third. Runner on and Matt Joyce at the plate.
Rays 2, Astros 2 Top 7, 2 OutsJul 4 4:11 PM
- Jake Elmore sacrifice fly to right scored Brandon Barnes with two out. Runner on second and Jose Altuve due up.
Rays 1, Astros 2 Bot 5, 2 OutsJul 4 3:42 PM
- Brett Wallace lead-off Home Run (2) to left. Jason Castro due up.
Rays 1, Astros 1 Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 4 3:15 PM
- Evan Longoria ground out third to first scoring Desmond Jennings with two out. On the play, Matt Joyce advances to second. Runner on second and James Loney due up.
Rays 1, Astros 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJul 4 2:20 PM
- TAMPA BAY: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 4 2:13 PM
- Rays' Kiermaier expected to miss 8-10 weeks with broken hand May 23
- Orioles-Astros Preview May 23
- Rays-Marlins Preview May 23
- Baseball Capsules May 22
- Tigers beat Rays 9-4 but Zimmermann, Cabrera hurt May 22
- Hamels fans 11, Rangers down Keuchel, Astros 9-2 for sweep May 22
- Archer hit hard as Rays fall 9-4 to Tigers May 22
- Signs of progress for Stanton in Marlins' 8-2 loss to Nats May 22
- Rangers-Astros Preview May 21
- Andrus, Ramos lead Rangers over Astros 2-1 May 21
- Kiermaier breaks hand, Rays fall to Tigers 5-4 May 21
- Rays-Tigers Preview May 21