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Evan Longoria returns with home run to lead Rays’ victory

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Well, welcome back, Evan Longoria.

And welcome back to the Tampa Bay Rays’ style of winning.

Both of them were familiar sites Wednesday night as the Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anahem, 4-2, at Tropicana Field. For Longoria, he started for the first time in four games and hit his sixth home run of the year to snap a tie in the third inning.

But for the Rays, the key element was the pitching formula that has carried them through recent seasons. Starter Erasmo Ramirez got the win, his fifth in the last six starts, but a bullpen that shut down the Angels for the game’s final four innings also had a say about it. Jake McGee, last year’s closer, finished it off for the Rays for his first save of the year.

The Rays scored twice in the second on a forced out and a single by Joey Butler. They got their final run on doubles by Steven Souza Jr. and Asdrubal Cabrera.

The series concludes today when Alex Colome starts against Garrett Richards at 7:10 p.m.

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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