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Rays’ rookie Richie Shaffer homers to lead victory over the Mets

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Tampa Bay, say hello to Richie Shaffer.

Shaffer, the Rays’ publicized young infielder, went three-for-three, scored three runs and had the game-winning home run for the Rays, as they won their series with a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets. Shaffer, playing designated hitter in his first game at Tropicana Field, led off the seventh inning with his tie-breaking homer.

For the second straight game, the Rays fell behind 3-0 early. This time, it was when Rays’ starter Chris Archer walked four batters and gave up a two-run single to Daniel Murphy in the second inning. Archer, who was going for a career-high 11th victory, finished with a no-decision.

The Rays had tied the game with a two-run fifth on John Jaso’s double with Shaffer and Brandon Guyer both on board.

The Rays closed out the game perfectly for the second straight night. Xavier Cedeno got the win, Steve Geltz got the hold and Jake McGee got his sixth save.

The victory brought the Rays back to a .500 record.

Tampa Bay now plays host to the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night with Erasmo Ramirez on the mound.


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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