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Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier makes amazing catch to lead victory

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It was one out. Only one out.

Heck, the Rays still had to get 26 afterward. So much impact could a caught fly ball have to do with things?

Except everything.

Kevin Kiermaier made his defensive play of the season, and maybe the defensive play of the season, Monday night to highlight a 6-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. On the opening at-bat of the evening, Manny Machado hit a potential home run to centerfield. But Kiermaier timed it perfectly, leaping to take away a home run and erase an early deficit.

For Kiermaier, it was perhaps the first entry on a personal highlight film. He leads the major leagues with 12 triples. He is tied for the league with 13 runners thrown out from the outfield. And in the month of August, he is hitting .330 with 13 RBI.

Kiermaier jammed his ankle on his landing after the catch and had to leave the game. He is listed as day to day.

For the Rays, it brought the team back to within one game of .500. The Orioles have now lost 10 of 11 and are playing chase in the league.

Chris Archer struggled early, but he threw six innings of four-hit, no-run baseball. The Rays got home runs from Asdrubal Cabrera, Evan Longoria and Tim Beckham. He is second in the American League with 223 strikeouts. Logan Forsythe went three-for-four, missing the cycle only by a home run.

Tonight, the Rays start Drew Smyly against Chris Tillman.

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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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