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Souza homers in 10th as Rays rally for win

June 30, 2017

BALTIMORE -- Steven Souza Jr. proved to be Friday night's hero for the Rays after hitting a three-run, game-winning blast in the 10th inning to give the Rays a 6-4 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.In the top of the ninth with a runner on third and the Rays

BALTIMORE -- Steven Souza Jr. proved to be Friday night's hero for the Rays after hitting a three-run, game-winning blast in the 10th inning to give the Rays a 6-4 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.
In the top of the ninth with a runner on third and the Rays trailing by one, Adeiny Hechavarria sent a single to left off of Orioles closer Brad Brach to force extra innings and set up Souza in the 10th. With two runners on, Souza -- who was batting .130 over his last six games -- sent the three-run shot to dead center to give the Rays a 6-3 lead.
"Obviously a lot to like," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "The team, what a win. This is a good group of guys. Souza hit the home run. That was pretty special in the dugout. Good for him. Good for us."

The Orioles tried to rally in the bottom half of the 10th after a Mark Trumbo solo home run brought the score to 6-4, but Alex Colome closed out the rest of the inning.
The Rays jumped on the O's early on Wilson Ramos' first home run of the season, which also scored Souza, to go up, 2-0.

The O's relied solely on Rickard in the first half of Friday's game after he put Baltimore on the board in the third with an RBI double to left-center field to knock in Welington Castillo. Then, in the sixth, the left fielder hit a leadoff homer to left-center to tie the game at 2. In the previous inning, Rickard made a fantastic on-the-run grab in foul territory that was one of his two defensive gems in the fifth.  
Trumbo broke the 2-2 tie in the seventh on an RBI single to left that chased Rays starter Jacob Faria out of the game after Faria allowed two earned runs on four hits through 6 2/3 innings.
"We only had four hits through nine innings," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I think that was more of the story than anything. We had a shot there at trying to get [the win], but they did a good job. They drew the base on balls and laid off a tough pitch, and they got the big base hit."
Orioles starter Chris Tillman was charged with two runs on seven hits through five innings and struck out five.
Hechavarria's ninth-inning at-bat: Down to his team's final out, Hechavarria stepped to the plate with a runner on first. After a balk by Brach, Player Page for Shane Peterson advanced to second and was replaced by pinch-runner Peter Bourjos. Hechavarria fought with an 0-2 count and forced Brach to throw a wild pitch to advance Bourjos to third. On the next pitch, Hechavarria sent an RBI single to left to tie the game at 3.
"Yeah, it's frustrating [to be one strike away]," Brach said. "Especially when you have a guy buried like that, I threw two really good pitches to get to that count, it's 0-2, and, yeah, to give up that single there hurts."

O'Day walks leadoff hitter: In the top of the 10th, Darren O'Day started the inning on the wrong foot with a leadoff walk to Corey Dickerson. The reliever then forced a fielder's choice, but intentionally walked Logan Morrison to have two runners on to set up Souza's game-winning homer.
"LoMo's having a terrific year," Souza said. "I'd walk him, too. I'm coming in there. If you're going to let me come to the dish, you're going to pay for it."
"I wasn't all that sharp tonight," O'Day said. "I can't walk the leadoff guy. I'm not trying to throw a meatball, but I threw some good pitches, so I don't know, I thought it was the right move walking Morrison to set up a double play. Souza and I faced each other, what, four days ago? I struck him out on a full-count slider. I had good success against him in the past. I felt comfortable throwing that pitch. It wasn't where it needed to be."
"You know what? I've made that mistake before, assuming the game was over. When I was a rookie, rookies carry the backpacks, right? So I remember it was the ninth inning or so, and I started packing up the bag and I got warned for it because it wasn't three outs yet. There was only one out left, two to go, and I figured the game was over. I've never forgotten that. So until the game is over, it's not over, whether it's two outs, no outs in the ninth. That's a lesson I Iearned a long time ago." -- O'Day, on whether he thought the game was over in the ninth with two outs
"I was really just trying to follow it deep and put together a good at-bat." -- Peterson, on his two-out walk in the ninth that kept the Rays alive

Rays:Jake Odorizzi (4-3, 4.00 ERA) will get the nod Saturday in the second game of the three-game series against the Orioles. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. ET. In his last outing, the right-hander faced the Orioles at Tropicana Field and surrendered a pair of home runs en route to a no-decision. He's allowed homers in a club-record 11 consecutive appearances.
Orioles: The Orioles will send Dylan Bundy to the mound against the Rays. The O's are monitoring Bundy's workload as the righty is coming off of six days rest prior to Saturday's start. The starter faced the Rays last Saturday and was charged with three runs on five hits through seven innings.
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Mandy Bell is a reporter for based in Baltimore.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for since 2005.