St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - James Loney's pinch-hit solo homer in
the bottom of the ninth inning capped a late rally that propelled the Tampa
Bay Rays to a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles and a four-game series
sweep at Tropicana Field.
The Rays had previously battled back from a 4-2 deficit by scoring twice in
the seventh, and Loney's liner into the seats off Tommy Hunter (6-5) sent the
Orioles to a deflating loss that has the club's playoff hopes hanging by a
Baltimore, which has now dropped five in a row overall, trails Cleveland by
five games for the AL's second wild card spot with just six remaining.
The Orioles suffered another damaging setback during the game, as All-Star
third baseman Manny Machado had to be carted off the field after injuring his
left leg during the seventh inning.
Wil Myers went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the win, which put the Rays a game
above the Indians atop the wild card standings. Jose Molina also had two hits,
including a run-scoring double.
Machado had gone 2-for-4 with a run scored prior to exiting, while Chris Davis
clubbed his 52nd homer of the season -- a two-run shot in the fourth inning --
for Baltimore. Brian Roberts added a solo homer in defeat.
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