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Tim Beckham’s big hit sparks Rays in late comeback

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For a while, it appeared that Chris Archer was going to be able to suie the Rays for non-support once again.

Through six innings, the Rays had zero runs on his behalf, and it looked very much as the Tampa Bay offense would be shut out for the fifth time this season. The Rays, however, rallied for three runs in the the bottom of the eighth inning to salvage the first game of a three-game series with Baltimore.

John Jaso singled in the tying run, and with two strikes and two outs and the bases loaded, Tim Beckham knocked in the winning runs on a single up the middle off of reliever Darren O’Day, who allowed two runs for the second time all season.

The game was between two teams that have both been struggling. The Orioles have lost four straight and 15 of their last 20. The Rays have won only nine of their last 19.

Today, the Rays look to Erasmo Ramirez to keep them going. Ramirez has allowed two runs of fewer in his last nine starts.

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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