ST. PETERSBURG (CBS) Robinson Chirinos was the hero Thursday afternoon in an extra inning win against the Toronto Blue Jays. He entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 11th and gave the Rays new life with an RBI single to knot the game up at six.
Chirinos waited his turn in the bottom of the 12th and drove in the game-winning run to give the Rays a 7-6 walk-off victory and another series win under their belt. The win put Tampa Bay at 58-52 on the season and gave this struggling team a much needed morale boost after a handful of disappointing games in recent weeks.
The Rays showed a tremendous amount of heart and fought until the end, and the perseverance paid off with an important win for the team and the 28, 491 in attendance Thursday afternoon.
Wade Davis had a rocky start for the Rays, but by the end of the game skipper Joe Maddon had called on his entire pitching arsenal to close out the Blue Jays. Reliever Brandon Gomes came on in the 12th and kept the Jays scoreless to eventually see his first win of the season.
“What a great back and forth game,” said Gomes during a post game interview with reporters. “Our hitters just battled their tails off just to keep us right where we were.”
The rookies stole the show when the game was on the line. Desmond Jennings continues to produce and Chirinos has made a name for him self on this Rays’ roster. Evan Longoria made an impact in today’s game as well with a three-run blast in the fifth.
The Rays will now face the Oakland A’s for some revenge in a three-game set that opens up at Tropicana Field Friday night.