Yunel Escobar's single with the bases loaded in the sixth inning was the key hit as Tampa Bay defeated Houston 5-2 Sunday for its second win in a row.
The Rays trailed 2-1 entering the sixth. Ben Zobrist led off with a walk and then Brandon Guyer's perfect bunt went for a base hit. Evan Longoria, who went 3-for-4, singled to load the bases and after a Jerry Sands strikeout Escobar shot one by first baseman Jesus Guzman.
A would-be double play grounder by Sean Rodriguez tuned into another one in the frame as the throw to first was bobbled.
Houston had one chance to tie, getting a couple of runners on while chasing Rays starter Eric Bedard in the sixth inning. Reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo threw a wild pitch to put the go-ahead run on second but got out of it.
Rodriguez added a sac fly in the eighth to score a hustling Guyer.
Bedard did not record the victory but pitched well enough, giving up a homer to Dexter Fowler leading off the game and an RBI from hits leader Jose Altuve later. In 5 1/3 innings Bedard struck out eight.
After Oviedo's two-thirds of an inning Grant Balfour, Jake McGee and Joel Peralta -- who got his first save of the year -- combined for a hitless inning each.
Astros starter Dallas Keuchel went the distance.
Guyer and Logan Forsythe had two hits apiece, with Guyer and Ben Zobrist scoring twice each. Forsythe got the start over Kevin Keirmaier but he came on to lay down a great bunt leading to the eighth-inning run, and also made the final out catching Fowler's deep fly at the wall.
Jennings nearly tied the game in the third when he attempted to steal home. He timed his run perfectly as catcher Carlos Corporan was throwing the ball back to Keuchel, but the Astros lefty saw what was happening and quickly got the ball back in to nip Jennings.
That play had to go to review. In the top of the inning Jose Molina was ruled to have thrown out Jonathan Villar trying to steal third -- but it was overturned, ruled that Evan Longoria had missed the tag. Villar scored on the go-ahead hit.
"I still thought he was out, and I thought Desmond was safe," said Rays manager Joe Maddon after. "I think there needs to be a separate set of umpires, the uber-umpires for replay only."
The Rays welcome Pittsburgh to the Trop for a three-game series starting Monday.