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Single by Rays’ Curt Casali leads team to first walkoff victory of year

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The unlikiest of heros led the Tampa Bay Rays to their first walk-off victory of the season Saturday night.

Curt Casali, hitting .146, singled in Brad Miller, hitting .185, and the Rays pulled their record to 10-11 on the season with a  4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Rays, who won only three walk-offs a year ago, trailed 3-2 into the seventh before Logan Forsythe hit a home run to tie the game. Forsythe is now hitting .341 on the season.

The Rays finished the month hitting .225, the lowest average in Rays’ history.

“We expect the offense to be better and we expect to have the ability to separate some games on given nights,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Obviously we haven’t done that too much. We’ve been pitched tough, and we haven’t swung the bat like we’re capable of. There’s not a person in that clubhouse I think that’s satisfied with 11-12, but there’s some promise there to carry some more positive into the rest of the season.”

Evan Longoria also homered for the Rays, his fourth of the year.

Chris Archer, coming off an excellent start, had problems during the game, walking four but allowing only one hit in his six innings. The Blue Jays managed only three hits for the entire game.

Today, Jake Odorizzi pitches against Toronto’s Marcus Stroman.

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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