Rays sweep Padres, win fifth straight

3:46 PM, May 12, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Yunel Escobar doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as the Tampa Bay Rays edged the San Diego Padres, 4-2, to complete a three-game sweep at Tropicana Field.

Evan Longoria opened the sixth with a double to center field, then moved to third on James Loney's fly ball to right. Sean Rodriguez followed with a base hit to center to score Longoria.

Reliever Brad Brach, who replaced starter Eric Stults (3-3), threw a wild pitch to allow Rodriguez to move to second. The miscue proved to be costly as Escobar smashed a double to right field to push Rodriguez across.

Loney added a solo homer in the eighth to account for the final difference.

Loney finished the game with two hits and Jose Molina added an RBI for the Rays, who have won five straight.

Roberto Hernandez (2-4) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings and Fernando Rodney stranded a runner in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.

Alexi Amarista homered and Yonder Alonso had two hits and an RBI for the Padres, who were swept for the fourth time this season. Stults gave up three runs on five hits and five walks over 5 1/3 innings to absorb the loss.

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