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Tampa Bay Rays finally come from behind to win in nine

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Oh, so this is what a ninth-inning comeback feels like.

The Tampa Bay Rays, who had been 0-49 on the season when trailing after eight innings, finally came from behind to win one in the final frame Saturday night in a 5-4 win over Oakland. The Rays had come from behind 25 times this year, more than one-third of all their wins, but never in the final chapter.

The Rays scored two runs on a double by the red-hot Asdrubal Cabrera, who is hitting .412 since the all-star break. As hot as Cabrera has been, you might question why the A’s chose to pitch to him with a base open and two runners in scoring position. As far as pitching around Cabrera, the first pitch was hittable.

This time, the Rays presented the ninth inning to Alex Colome, who retired all six batters he faced in the eighth and ninth. Normal closer Brad Boxberger, who has struggled lately, was unavailable after throwing 33 pitches Friday night.

Tampa Bay had three home runs to lead its victory by Logan Forsythe, John Jaso and Cabrera. Erasmo Ramirez threw seven innings, but gave up three runs (two home runs) in the sixth.

Jake Odorizzi starts for the Rays today.

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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