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Hooray! Rays end the 2106 season by beating Rangers again

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It ended just fine. It was all those games that came before the end that were the problem.

The Tampa Bay Rays closed out their season with a 6-4 extra innings win over the Texas Rangers and a two-game winning streak. But the Rays finished with a 68-94 record, good for the second-worst record in the majors league. It was the worst record Tampa Bay has had since 2007.

The Rays, led by manager Kevin Cash, finished ahead of only the Minnesota Twins.

In the 10th inning, Richie Shaffer scored on a wild pitch, and Curt Casali doubled in Alexei Ramirez.

Alex Colome blew his third save of the season, but he was the winning pitcher.

Ramirez had four hits for the Rays, while Logan Forsythe, Shaffer and Casali each had two.

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

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