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Kevin Kiermaier’s hit leads to rare comeback win by Rays

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The Tampa Bay Rays came from behind after the eighth inning. The Rays don’t do that.

The Rays won on a walkoff hit. They don’t do that, either.

Perhaps that’s why Sunday was a bit of fun for the Rays, who rallied for two runs in the ninth inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-6. The Rays are now 2-62 when trailing after eight innings, and they have now won their second walkoff victory of the season.

Baltimore had seemingly won the game by going ahead 6-4 in the top of the eighth, but the Rays scored the game’s final three runs. A Brandon Guyer homer in the bottom of the ninth tied things, and Kevin Kiermaier beat out a hit on a soft grounder to second to bring home Evan Longoria, who had tripled, the winning run. It was only the fourth blown save of the year for Zack Britton.

Logan Forsythe had hit a three run homer in the fifth.

Chris Archer will pitch for the Rays tonight in Boston.

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Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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