Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tampa Bay Rays fall to Philadelphia Phillies 4-3

The Game: The Tampa Bay Rays fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Tuesday at Brighthouse Networks Field.

Th Philles broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning. Both Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino struck solo home runs off Matt Garza to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.

The Rays battled back to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning. Nevin Ashley singled to center to lead off the inning. Ashley later scored on a double by Matt Joyce. Evan Longoria drove home Joyce with an RBI double to tied the game 2-2.

Philadelphia regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run by Howard, his second of the game. The Phils were back out front 3-2.

The Rays tied the game again in the ninth inning. Rashad Eldridge drew a walk to start the inning. Justin Ruggiano followed with a single to right and Eldridge moved to third on an error. Elliot Johnson plated the run with a ground ball to second, scoring Eldridge to tie the game 3-3.

But the Philles scored again in the bottom of the ninth as a sac fly by Brian Schneider scored Dewayne Wise giving the Phillies a 4-3 win and recording their second walk-off win in two days.

Matt Garza pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits with 4 strikeouts. Joaquin Benoit followed with 1 1/3 no-hit innings with a strikeout. Grant Balfour suffered his second loss by allowing 1 run on 1 hit with 2 walks in 1 2/3 inning.

RP Top Prospect Watch:
Reid Brignac: 1 for 4.

A Look Ahead: The Rays (13-7) return home to Charlotte Sports Park to face the Toronto Blue Jays (9-7). Jeff Niemann will get the start with Dale Thayer, Randy Choate and Rafael Soriano scheduled to pitch.

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