Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, San Diego 2
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Yunel Escobar doubled home the go-ahead
run in the sixth inning as the Tampa Bay Rays edged the San Diego Padres, 4-2,
to complete a three-game sweep at Tropicana Field.
Evan Longoria opened the sixth with a double to center field, then moved to
third on James Loney's fly ball to right. Sean Rodriguez followed with a base
hit to center to score Longoria.
Reliever Brad Brach, who replaced starter Eric Stults (3-3), threw a wild
pitch to allow Rodriguez to move to second. The miscue proved to be costly as
Escobar smashed a double to right field to push Rodriguez across.
Loney added a solo homer in the eighth to account for the final difference.
Loney finished the game with two hits and Jose Molina added an RBI for the
Rays, who have won five straight.
Roberto Hernandez (2-4) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings and
Fernando Rodney stranded a runner in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the
"The pitching is starting to look like it's supposed to and while all that's
happening, let's maintain this offensive production and see where it takes
us," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Alexi Amarista homered and Yonder Alonso had two hits and an RBI for the
Padres, who were swept for the fourth time this season. Stults gave up three
runs on five hits and five walks over 5 1/3 innings to absorb the loss.
"Three, well-played, close games that didn't go our way," Padres manager Bud
Black said of his team being swept.
With the bases loaded in the second inning, Molina lifted a towering sacrifice
fly to right field to score Longoria.
The Padres evened the score in the fourth as Alonso ripped a base hit up the
middle to score Chase Headley, and Amarista added his solo shot in the fifth
to put San Diego in front 2-1.
Tampa Bay leads the majors with 39 homers since April 15 ... The Rays (19-18)
are above .500 for the first time since April 6 when they were 3-2 ... Tampa
Bay was 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position ... The Padres are 6-12 on
the road this season ... Padres right fielder Will Venable extended his
hitting streak to six games.
05/12 20:48:13 ET
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