ST. PETERSBURG — A couple of long balls, a short one and a little cloak and dagger made for a memorable 8-7 Rays win over the Orioles on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
After falling behind 4-0, the Rays stormed back to take a 7-5 lead, saw Fernando Rodney blow his first save after going 48-for-50 in save opportunities last year, then hoped for something good to happen when Matt Joyce stepped to the plate to lead off the bottom of the ninth with the scored tied at 7.
It did.
Facing a 3-1 count, Joyce hammered Tommy Hunter’s fifth pitch into the right-field stands to end the topsy-turvy affair with a walk-off homer.

ST. PETERSBURG — A couple of long balls, a short one and a little cloak and dagger made for a memorable 8-7 Rays win over the Orioles on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

After falling behind 4-0, the Rays stormed back to take a 7-5 lead, saw Fernando Rodney blow his first save after going 48-for-50 in save opportunities last year, then hoped for something good to happen when Matt Joyce stepped to the plate to lead off the bottom of the ninth with the scored tied at 7.

It did.

Facing a 3-1 count, Joyce hammered Tommy Hunter’s fifth pitch into the right-field stands to end the topsy-turvy affair with a walk-off homer.

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