Adames hits go-ahead HR after Sogard's dingers

Shortstop comes up big with father in stands; Rays win five straight

August 4th, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- has struggled at the plate this season at Tropicana Field, but he played the hero on Saturday with a go-ahead solo home run off in the eighth inning to lead the Rays to an 8-6 win over the Marlins.

Adames came into Saturday’s game slashing .171/.217/.229 with just one home run in 49 games at Tropicana Field this season. On the road, Adames is slashing .296/.367/.538 with 12 home runs. But on Saturday, with his father Romulo in attendance, Adames came up big with his home run off Garcia to put the Rays ahead.

“It’s special. My dad is in town and he got to see it,” Adames said. “Hopefully that gets me going here at the Trop, because it’s been rough this year here.”

Over the past seven games, Adames is hitting .360 with four home runs and seven RBIs. It’s been the strongest week of the season for Adames, while also maintaining his recent stretch of good defense at shortstop, even despite his error on a double play Saturday.

“He’s a young player and has a chance to be a very special player,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash. “It was really encouraging what he did on the road trip, and now he’s carried it over after the day off with the big hit. Willy’s defense, he’s played Gold Glove-caliber shortstop for us this year. He’s really made some strong improvements from early on and even last year. I know today [odd] plays came into play, but we feel really good when the ball is hit to him.”

The eighth-inning home run by Adames was the last of the four home runs hit by the Rays offense on Saturday. connected on two of the four home runs and made a good first impression in his first home game as a member of the Rays.

Sogard hit a two-run home run in the second inning off to give the Rays a 2-1 lead. His three-run home run in the third inning also helped the Rays regain a 5-4 lead.

With the home run in the second inning, Sogard became the sixth player in franchise history to homer in his first plate appearance at Tropicana Field. The most recent player to accomplish the feat was Nick Ciuffo on Sept. 7, 2018, against the Orioles. It was also Sogard’s first multi-homer game of his career, and the five RBIs marked a career-high for the nine-year veteran.

“I didn’t feel anything different,” Sogard said about playing his first game at Tropicana Field. “It was good to be here, and it felt like home for the first time after being on the away side. I got some good pitches to hit and was able to put the barrel on them.”

In four games with the Rays, Sogard is now hitting 5-for-13 with two home runs and six RBIs, and the Rays have won all four games Sogard has appeared in since being acquired. Tampa Bay is on a five-game winning streak.

“He’s been outstanding,” Cash said. “Just the quality of his at-bats, man. The home runs, obviously, are very enough. But he walks up there and he has an approach and a plan that he sticks with and right now, if he gets a pitch to hit, he’s really doing some damage with it.”

recorded the other home run for the Rays, hitting his team-leading 18th home run of the season in the seventh inning off Jose Quijada to tie the game at 6 after the Marlins had taken the lead with two runs in the top of the frame off Chaz Roe. All four home runs hit on Saturday helped the Rays either tie the game or take the lead.

added an insurance run in the eighth inning after the Adames home run with an RBI single. d’Arnaud now has 43 RBIs in 52 games with the Rays. Overall, Tampa Bay’s offense stayed hot and extended their current streak of scoring six or more runs to six consecutive games. The Rays have gone 5-1 during that span.

“The offense has done a really good job as a group,” Cash said. “For all we talked about leading into the road trip, [we] knew they needed to get it going and they have certainly done that. There has been a lot of runs scored over six days on the road and then today with another eight.”