Winning Streak Ends As Rays Fall In Extras

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ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays rallied from a 2-0 eighth inning deficit to force extra innings, but Yoan Moncada's RBI double off Jose Alvarado broke a 2-2 tie to end the Rays' three-game winning streak with a 3-2, ten-inning decision Friday at Tropicana Field.

Both pitching staffs did a good job keeping the opposing offenses off the scoreboard for the first five innings.  Ryne Stanek struck out all five batters he faced, while Adam Kolarek allowed just a pair of hits in his two innings of work.  

After Jaime Schultz got out of the fourth and worked a scoreless fifth, Chicago was able to get to the right-hander in the sixth, as Yolmer Sanchez worked a walk and Jose Abreu followed with his 18th home run of the season, giving the White Sox a 2-0 lead.

Lucas Giolito kept the Rays off the board through the first seven innings, but he left the game in the eighth after allowing a leadoff double to Daniel Robertson.  Joey Wendle singled in Robertson to cut the deficit to 2-1.  Pinch-hitter Carlos Gomez struck out, but Wendle picked up his teammate by stealing second base and going to third on a wild pitch.  The Rays then executed the suicide squeeze, with Mallex Smith getting the bunt down to bring in Wendle to tie the game, ending up on second after a throwing error by Omar Narvaez.

Juan Minaya struck out Matt Duffy and Jake Bauers to keep the game tied.  

Tampa Bay had a chance to walk off in the ninth with two-out singles by Willy Adames and Wendle, but Jesus Sucre struck out to end the inning.

Chicago broke the tie with two out in the tenth, when Alvarado allowed a two-out double to Nicky Delmonico, then intentionally walked Tim Anderson.  Moncada then doubled in pinch-runner Adam Engle, though Anderson was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.  

Hector Santiago allowed a leadoff walk to Smith to start the home tenth, but Kevin Kiermaier popped up a bunt attempt, and Matt Duffy bounced into a double play to end the game, giving Santiago his first save since April 22, 2012.

After the game, Tampa Bay optioned reliever Austin Pruitt, who threw two perfect innings Friday, to Triple-A Durham in order to have room on the active roster to activate left-hander Blake Snell from the 10-day disabled list.

SATURDAY'S MATCHUP

Tampa Bay Rays (56-54) vs. Chicago White Sox (39-70), 6:10 p.m. first pitch, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 5:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Crown Eurocars.

Rays starter - LHP Blake Snell (12-5, 2.27 ERA)

White Sox starter - LHP Carlos Rodon (3-3, 3.24 ERA)

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