It started terribly. For the first time in a while, however, it finished the way it was supposed to for the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays rallied from a 3-0 deficit before they ever came to bat and pulled out a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday. This time, things went according to plan, as the bullpen combo of Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger (and Steve Geltz and Xavier Cedeno) shut out the Mets for an inning apiece.
For the Rays, outfielder Grady Sizemore continued his impressive homestand. Sizemore homered for the second straight night and had two hits to lead the Rays.
Nathan Karns got the win, his seventh of the season, despite giving up home runs to Curtis Granderson in the first and second innings.
For the Rays, the winning run came when third baseman Evan Longoria beat out a hit to shortstop that scored John Jaso, who had singled, stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Longoria beat out a softly hit grounder.
The Rays came to bat trailing 3-0 but quickly took the lead on Sizemore’s two-run homer and a two-out single by Kevin Kiermaier.
For Tampa Bay, Chris Archer tries to set a personal record with his 11th win. He faces Bartolo Colon of the Mets.