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Rays come from behind to win again in Washington

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Rain delays don’t matter.

Great nights by old teammates don’t matter.

An early deficit doesn’t matter.

The surprising roll of the Tampa Bay Rays continued Thursday night in Washington, when the Rays scored four runs in the sixth inning to win a comeback victory over the Washington Nationals to win their series. The Rays are now eight games over .500 and have won six out of their last seven games.

How impressive is this streak? Impressive enough that a 17-minute rain delay doesn’t matter. Impressive enough that Yunel Escobar going five-for-five doesn’t matter. Impressive enough that Chris Archer falling behind 3-1 doesn’t matter.

Archer lasted only five innings but still got his eighth victory of the year.

The Rays trailed 3-1 after the second inning, but the Nationals did not score in their final seven at-bats. Joey Butler had a home run, and the Rays scored two runs on a throwing error by Bryce Harper, who suffered a slightly pulled hamstring on the play. Butler is now hitting .331 on the season.

The Rays led the New York Yankees by a game in the AL East.

The Rays open a three-game road swing in Cleveland tonight at 7:10 p.m. Nathan Karns pitches for Tampa Bay.

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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