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Topic - Ben Zobrist
Jose Lobaton hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning into the giant fish tank beyond the center-field wall, and Tampa Bay staved off elimination once again by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Monday night.
The Boston Red Sox scored five runs in the fourth inning, taking advantage of Tampa Bay's bad luck and bad defense to beat the Rays 12-2 on Friday in Game 1 of the AL division series.
One ball fell between two outfielders. Another took a bad hop off the Green Monster standings. One batter reached safely on a dropped third strike and another when the pitcher was slow to cover first.
The Rays face another do-or-die game Wednesday night at Cleveland in the AL wild-card game. Tampa Bay is in the playoffs for the fourth time in six seasons.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello was suspended six games Tuesday by Major League Baseball for throwing at Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Mike Napoli drove in the winning run with a two-out double in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the light-hitting Tampa Bay Rays with a 3-2 win on Monday.
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon signed the lineup card for Joe Nathan's 300th career save and gave it to the Texas Rangers closer.
Adam Jones doubled in the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth inning, Eric Hosmer hit a three-run double in the ninth and the U.S. scored seven times in the last two innings to beat Canada 9-4 on Sunday.
Manny Machado blooped an RBI single barely ahead of left fielder Matt Joyce's desperate drive with two outs in the 14th inning and the Baltimore Orioles beat Tampa Bay 3-2 Thursday, completing a three-game sweep and remaining atop the AL East.
King Felix now has a crowning achievement.
Kendrys Morales homered from both sides of the plate during a nine-run sixth inning, capping the burst with a grand slam that sent the Los Angeles Angels romping past the Texas Rangers 15-8 Monday night.
White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson says he has reached out to the umpire he criticized so harshly on the air.
Previewing the American League.
The Tampa Bay Rays are loose and raring to go, ready to work overtime _ if necessary _ to win the AL wild card.
B.J. Upton and Ben Zobrist homered in the first inning to back Wade Davis, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday to pull within a half-game of the Boston Red Sox for the American League wild-card lead.
"Obviously, everybody is disappointed right now. Joe (Maddon) came in here and said to not hang our heads and remember that we had our backs against the wall several times and played really well to get to this point," second baseman Ben Zobrist said. "It was a good year overall, but it's tough to take the loss."
"I felt no anger whatsoever toward Marty or toward the call," said Zobrist, who thought he had drawn a walk that would bring Evan Longoria to the plate with the tying run at second base.