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Rays come from behind one more time to defeat the Atlanta Braves

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For the Tampa Bay Rays, it is not how a game begins. It is how it ends.

The Rays, escape artists that they are, are starting to develop a gift for the comeback.

Despite a rough start, falling behind by three runs and playing poorly, the Rays came from three runs down once again. It was the third game in the last four where they have rallied despite a three-run deficit, and their overall 24th comeback of the year. This time, it was 9-6 over Atlanta in a game that was comfortable only when Curt Casali hit a home run during the Rays’ six-run seventh inning.

The Braves, too, had their problems in the field, especially in that seventh. A wild pitch, a pitcher not covering second and a fly ball that wasn’t caught and bounced into the stands for a double led the way.

Jake Odorizzi didn’t pitch his finest game, but he got the win. Brad Boxberger walked two, but he picked up his 29th save.

For most of the night, it went that way. The Rays failed to catch popups and made several other sloppy misplays.

Still, it was the Rays’ fourth straight win and their seventh in the last nine games. It puts the Rays two games above .500 and still in both the division and wild card races.

Both Grady Sizemore and James Loney had three hits. Asdrubal Cabrera had two.

The Rays have today off, then travel to Arlington to face the Rangers.

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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