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Rays Post Five Runs In The Sixth, Lead 6-5 In The Seventh

Things started slow for the Rays. They posted one run in the first five innings, a Johnny Damon line drive over the right field wall. In the mean time, David Price lasted five innings allowing six hits and five earned runs. He had five strikeouts on the night and allowed one home run.

In the second, Price was not able to pitch out of a bases loaded jam, and a ground ball bounced past the diving Ried Brignac to center. Fuld got to the ball, but couldn't scoop it up and two runners scored (error to Fuld?). In the fifth, Yankee catcher Russell Martin singled, Derek Jeter walked, and Curtis Granderson worked an eight pitch count and hit a 97 mph fastball from Price to the right field scoreboard. Price finished the inning then took his seat.

The Sixth

Juan Cruz handled the top of inning allowing one single with one strikeout and no real threat.

A.J. Burnett then returned to the mound, and at this point he had given up four hits and only one run. The Rays catcher John Jaso came to the plate and doubled on a liner to right field. The Legend Sam Fuld then stepped up to the plate and crushed a 3-1 cutter into right like he was Curtis Granderson. The rally was underway with Fuld's second home run of the year, his first at Tropicana field. 

After two outs, Evan Longoria songled on a ground ball to Jeter, then moved to second on a wild pitch. Matt Joyce stepped up and hit a ground ball just between Robinson Cano and Mark Teixiera. Granderson fired home and Longoria slid under the tag to make it 5-4. 

Another wild pitch moved Joyce to second, after Burnett had tried to pick him off three times, but it wouldn't make a difference as B.J. Upton homered deep to center field and give the Rays the lead 6-5.

Somebody named Luis Ayala replaced Burnett. Then Casey Kotchman singled, Ried Brignac struck out, and every Rays batter made it to the plate. 

The Seventh

Joel Peralta then entered the game to face today's third base Eduardo Nunez, Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson. Nunez worked a ten pitch count but eventually filed out to right, Derek Jeter then filed out on the first pitch he saw to right. Granderson did the same, and Matt Joyce gladly caught all three. 

Somebody named Boone Logan is now in to pitch the seventh. Jaso, Fuld, and Zobrist are up.

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.