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Beckham's momentum-gain boosting Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Shortstop Tim Beckham entered Saturday's doubleheader picking up steam at the plate. The momentum carried over into the day's opening contest.

Beckham authored a two-RBI double that gave the Rays a lead in the sixth inning of a 6-5, extra-inning win over the Athletics, and added one more run with a brave, if inadvisable, rush home on a ground ball to first.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Shortstop Tim Beckham entered Saturday's doubleheader picking up steam at the plate. The momentum carried over into the day's opening contest.

Beckham authored a two-RBI double that gave the Rays a lead in the sixth inning of a 6-5, extra-inning win over the Athletics, and added one more run with a brave, if inadvisable, rush home on a ground ball to first.

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Michael Martinez chopped a slow bouncer to second with two outs and Beckham on second. As Martinez beat out Jed Lowrie's throw to first with a head-first dive, Beckham rounded third and bolted home. Yonder Alonso's relay to the plate came with plenty of time to spare, but Josh Phegley couldn't hold onto the low throw as he moved to tag Beckham.

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"Good hustle play all around," said Evan Longoria, whose walk-off single won the game in the 10th inning. "Had [Phegley] caught the ball, he may have been out, but it's one of those plays where you take a chance.

"We're just finding ways to score and taking the most of those opportunities to make the hustle play."

Beckham went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, continuing a recent surge at the plate. Over his last six games, he's batting .476 with 10 hits in 21 at-bats. He contributed one of five Rays homers in Friday's win over Oakland, his career-high 10th round-tripper of the season.

A go-ahead RBI single by Beckham on Wednesday proved to be the difference in a 3-1 win over the White Sox. The Rays, who had lost four in a row at that point, had been missing opportunities to take control of games. On four bases-loaded chances over six innings starting Tuesday and continuing into Wednesday, Tampa Bay went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, a double play and a sacrifice fly.

Since Beckham's bases-loaded single in Wednesday's victory, the Rays offense has awakened and has scored 26 times in the three following games, all wins.

Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

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