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Tampa Bay looks to Vultures, rats to lead their victory over Angels

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For the Tampa Bay Rays, the Vulture has struck again.

The Rays won Saturday night, which pretty much means that relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez won again, 4-2 over the Los Angeles Angels. For Ramirez, it was his sixth win of the 14 games the Rays have won this season. The Rays have begun to refer to Ramirez as “the Vulture” because of his penchant for being on the mound during the innings the team happens to score.

“He needs to hold a baseball the entire game so some starters can get some wins,” said Jake Odorizzi, who pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs.

This time, it was the top of the ninth when Logan Forsythe had a bases-loaded single to score two runs.

“We’re a bunch of rats just scrapping away,” said outfielder Steven Souza, who hit a two-run homer earlier in the game. “Rats do some weird things sometimes.”

With the win, Tampa Bay moved to .500 on the season with a 14-14 record. It was the team’s third straight win.

For the Rays, Matt Andriese pitches today as the Rays go for the series sweep.

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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