ST. PETERSBURG (CBS) Desmond Jennings was the hero Wednesday afternoon with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning to hand the Rays a 5-4 victory and their 1,000th win in franchise history.
The Rays are 6 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL Wild Card race, and this win is huge for a team that has been hanging on for a playoff spot.
David Price was denied the win after giving up eight hits and two earned runs through six innings of work. Kyle Farnsworth blew a save opportunity in the ninth when Ian Kinsler hit a solo homer to tie the game at four.
Price didn’t pick up the win due to the blown save, but he did reach the 200 strikeout mark for the season, which makes him the second pitcher to do that this season behind James Shields.
Tampa Bay’s bats woke up after an embarrassing offensive struggle against C.J Wilson last night. Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist hit RBI doubles in the first to put the Rays up 2-0. Kelly Shoppach would score in the second on a throwing error by Kinsler to give Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead.
The scoring was back-and-forth, with Texas adding two runs in the fourth and fifth innings due to poor defense and Kinsler’s first home run of the game, which brought Texas to within one.
Brandon Guyer homered for the Rays in the eighth to make it 4-2 in their favor, but two solo homers by Mike Napoli and Kinsler tied the game at four.
Jennings then ended the game with one swing of the bat. He crushed a fastball to left field and trotted around the bases to meet his ecstatic teammates.
Boston comes to town on Friday after a day of rest for the Rays to begin a crucial three-game series at Tropicana Field.