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Corey Dickerson drives in the winning run in Rays’ comeback victory

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For Corey Dickerson, a single was enough.

Dickerson, who hit his 12th homer of the year and his second triple earlier in the game, delivered a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning to knock in the winning run in a come-from-behind victory over the Seattle Mariners Wednesday night.

Dickerson, who has extra base hits on 60 percent of his hits this year, drove in Logan Morrison with the winning run.

“You know, I really just tried to put a short swing on it and square the ball up, not do too much,” Dickerson said. “He was throwing a lot of heaters. It was big whenever we score runs, but also we were still down [two] runs at that time so we still had some work to do.

“Like we said early in the year, the offense will come. These guys are keeping us in the game every night. If you keep us in the game long enough, we can string together some good at-bats and that’s what we are doing right now. We are playing really good team ball and that’s what it takes.”

Dickerson’s single came after a three-run homer by Evan Longoria tied it. It equaled the Rays’ biggest comeback of the season.

“Longo’s been a lot better than pretty good, he’s been outstanding in every moment,” said manager Kevin Cash. “Whether it’s on defense, coming up late in the ball game or early in the ball game, his at-bats are just tremendous and he’s getting big hit after big hit for us.”

The Rays won despite falling behind 4-0 in the second inning. Still, starter Jake Odorizzi considered it a learning experience.

“It was a weird game,” Odorizzi said. “Two mistakes got hit and they cost me four runs. But I felt like I kind of figured something out tonight moving forward, which is always a good thing. So I think there’s some good stuff to come, hopefully, but that’s my big takeaway.”

Odorizzi was ejected in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

“He thought it was a ball, I thought it was a strike,” Odorizzi said. “Big situation right there. Getting through six would have been huge after how it started. We just didn’t agree right there and that’s how it played out. I don’t hold any animosity or anything. We just didn’t agree on that pitch. I was out of the game regardless so I just voiced my opinion. We’ll move on from it.”

Ryan Garton got the win for the Rays. Alex Colome picked up his 19th save in 19 tries. It was the Rays’ 10th win in 12 games.

Outfielder Steven Souza was injured diving for a ball, but it did not appear too serious.

Tonight, Drew Smyly pitches against former Rays’ player Nathan Karns.

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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