Willy Wins It: Adames Ends Skid With Walkoff Homer

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ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays rallied from a 3-1 eighth inning deficit to tie Tuesday evening's opener with the Baltimore Orioles, and Willy Adames hit his first walk-off home run to give the Rays a 4-3 win, ending their three-game losing skid.

Tampa Bay started the night with three consecutive hits off Orioles starter Alex Cobb, as singles by Mallex Smith and Matt Duffy allowed Jake Bauers to drive in the first run with a base hit of his own.

However, Cobb would allow just two more hits while working into the seventh inning.

Rays starter Tyler Glasnow struck out seven of the first ten batters he faced, but former Ray Tim Beckham got the game back even leading off the fourth inning with his fourth home run of the year.

Glasnow left after four innings having allowed just the single run on two hits total while striking out a career-high nine.

Trey Mancini broke the tie an inning later off reliever Jaime Schultz, as his 16th home run of the season gave Baltimore a 2-1 lead.

The Orioles extended their lead to 3-1 in the sixth off Schultz, as Beckham led off with a walk, took third on a double by Adam Jones, and scored on a base hit by Mark Trumbo.

Tampa Bay took advantage of the Baltimore bullpen in the eighth after Cobb exited the game.  Evan Phillips walked Smith to start the inning, and Chris Davis' throwing error allowed Duffy to also reach.  Bauers walked to load the bases and a wild pitch brought in Smith to make it a 3-2 game.  Phillips walked Cron to re-load the bases, and Buck Showalter brought in left-hander Paul Fry, prompting Rays manager Kevin Cash to pinch-hit Carlos Gomez for Joey Wendle.  Gomez grounded into a double play, but it allowed Duffy to score and tie the game.

Fry struck out both Brandon Lowe and Michael Perez, the latter coming after the catcher just barely missed hitting his first major league home run, but when Showalter brought in Miguel Castro to face Adames, the Rays shortstop took a 3-1 pitch and blasted it over the seats in left for his fifth home run of the year.

Sergio Romo (2-2) picked up the win after getting Mancini to ground out and striking out Renato Nunez to end the top of the ninth.

WEDNESDAY'S MATCHUP

Tampa Bay Rays (57-56) vs. Baltimore Orioles (34-79), 7:10 p.m. first pitch, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 6:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Crown Eurocars.

Rays Starter - RHP Ryne Stanek (1-3, 2.27 ERA)

Orioles starter - RHP Andrew Cashner (3-10, 5.05 ERA)

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