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Dejesus' dramatics in ninth reflect new power

SEATTLE -- David DeJesus hit a homer off Fernando Rodney to tie Tuesday night's 2-1 win over the Mariners.

The blast gave DeJesus his third career tying or go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later and first since July 12, 2008, against the Mariners, when he walked off against Brandon Morrow while playing for the Royals.

Tuesday night's home run gave DeJesus four in his past 17 games. Prior to that he had only two in his first 51 games with the Rays going back to last season.

DeJesus carried a nine-game hitting streaking into Wednesday afternoon's contest, which ranks as the longest by a Ray this season and DeJesus' longest since his nine-game run from May 21-30, 2012.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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