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Joyce Comes Through in 10-Inning Win

 
Joyce Comes Through in 10-Inning Win
Posted September 1st, 2014 @ 4:47pm

After a couple of nervous minutes of instant replay, the Rays were on their way to a Labor Day victory.

Matt Joyce's first-pitch single with the bases loaded gave the Rays a 4-3 win in 10 innings over Boston. The win gave Tampa Bay a split of the four-game series.

Ryan Hanigan led off the 10th with a double to deep left. Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes made a tremendous throw and Boston reviewed the call. Replay showed it to be a very close play, and if Hanigan had been ruled out the Rays could not have complained too loudly. Fortunately for them, the ruling was there was no conclusive evidence Hanigan was out.

From there Boston's Burke Badenhop issued an intentional walk, Ben Zobrist laid down a bunt to move both men over and Wil Myers was given a free pass to load the bases for Joyce. He drove the Badenhop offering to the left-field wall.

Boston had tied the game in eighth when Cespedes singled with two outs off newest Ray Steve Geltz, preventing Drew Smyly from picking up another victory.

Evan Longoria had the biggest hit up until the 10th, a two-RBI single to make it 3-1 in the third. Wil Myers had tied the score and finished with a three-hit afternoon.

 

 

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