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James Loney’s hit lets Rays rally to beat Boston, avoid sweep

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Facing a sweep against the cellar-dwelling Boston Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays showed signs of life Sunday afternoon.

The Rays rallied from two runs to beat the Red Sox, 4-3. The victory was only the team’s 10th since June (in 27 games).

James Loney singled to center field to drive in Asdrubal Cabrera with the winning run. Cabrera had doubled to tie the game at 3-3. Rod Boxberger finished up the game for his 26th  save.

Jake Odorizzi picked up his 11th quality start in the victory.

For the Rays, third baseman Evan Longoria played in his 1000th game at third base. Longoria has been charged with only 92 errors there. By comparison, 16-time Gold Glove winner Brooks Robinson made 96 errors in his first 1,000 games. Only six third basemen have had a career fielding percentage equal or greater to Longoria’s .966 mark. Longoria also has 423 extra base hits. For comparison’s sake, Mike Schmidt had 428 extra base hits and George Brett 425 in their first 1,000 games.

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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