• Rays rally to top Astros

    Summary of 4 articles · Updated Jul 14, 2013
    After scoring three runs in the first frame against Tampa Bay righthander Roberto Hernandez – including a two-run home run pulled to right field by Brett Wallace – the Astros failed to score the final eight innings and struck out twice in the ninth against Rays closer Fernando Rodney. ST. The Astros’ final game before the All-Star break can also become a series win against the Rays. But gradually, the Rays began to figure out Astros lefthander Dallas Keuchel. A three-run fifth followed. Evan Longoria doubled in Desmond Jennings with two outs in the first inning to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. The Astros recorded four hits – including doubles by Justin Maxwell and Castro – and took a 3-0 first-inning lead after Brett Wallace pulled a 1-0, 86 mph Roberto Hernandez changeup into the right-field stands for a two-run home run. And when starter-turned-reliever Lucas Harrell took over for Keuchel with one out in the sixth, Tampa Bay discovered the opening it had been searching for, turning Luke Scott’s third RBI of the day into a 4-3 victory at Tropicana Field.
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