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
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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