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Rays’ Grady Sizemore leads comeback victory over New York Mets

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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.

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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