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Rays’ Alex Colome stays perfect with his 18th save of the season

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The bases were loaded. A good hitter was at the plate. A one-run lead seemed kind of shaky.

Yep. Alex Colome had the Houston Astros just where he wanted them.

Colome pitched his way out of trouble again Friday night, getting his 18th straight save as the Rays stopped Houston, 4-3. The Rays are now 28-31 and within reach of .500 again.

Colome struck out Colby Rasmus, then he coaxed a ground ball out of Evan Gattis. Shortstop Brad Miller made a nice play on the grounder but one-hopped the ball to first. But Steve Pearce dug the ball out to preserve the win.

Pearce also had three hits (two of them doubles) to lead the offense. He drove in two of the Rays’ four runs. Miller had two hits, as did Logan Forsythe, who returned to the lineup after missing a month.

Matt Andriese got the win to go to 5-0. “It wasn’t my A-stuff,” Andriese said. Andriese had a 4-0 lead until the fourth, when the Astros rallied for three. Two of them came on a home run by Jason Castro.

Today, Chris Archer pitches against the Astros at 3:30 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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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