ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria hadn't done much of anything at the plate when he stepped in for the fourth time on Tuesday night. He'd struck out twice, lunging at balls well outside the zone. He'd flown out to right.But on the first pitch of his final at-bat in the
ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria hadn't done much of anything at the plate when he stepped in for the fourth time on Tuesday night. He'd struck out twice, lunging at balls well outside the zone. He'd flown out to right.
But on the first pitch of his final at-bat in the seventh inning, he erased a three-run deficit -- one that Tampa Bay had been climbing back from all night -- and tied a game that the Rays would eventually win, 8-7, over the Mariners.
"Longo's homer," manager Kevin Cash said, before taking a pause, "was probably the biggest hit of the day."
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There were some other big hits on a night when the Rays overcame 4-0 and 7-4 deficits on route to their eighth win in the past 10 games: Corey Dickerson's 448-foot homer in the second inning. Steve Pearce's towering solo blast in the fourth. Dickerson also tripled in the fourth and singled home the game-winning run in the seventh.
Jake Odorizzi battled through 5 2/3 innings of five-run ball before getting ejected. The offense pushed Tampa Bay to its first win in seven tries over the Mariners at Tropicana Field.
"We put together good at-bats, we never gave up and we kept battling," Dickerson said. "… Like we said earlier in the year, the offense will come."
Dickerson's homer hit the D-ring catwalk and was the longest shot of the Rays' season. He was also the first player all season to hit the D-ring. Seattle pitcher Taijuan Walker said Dickerson was sitting on his fastball. Dickerson said he was just trying to keep his swing short.
Longoria's homer was his seventh in the last 10 games. He has half of his 40 RBIs over the past 15 games. The converging outfielders gave up on his homer after taking just a few steps toward the wall.
The Rays have won 11 games while hitting at least three homers this season, but this game matched the largest comeback for the team. Cash said it feels like there haven't been many come-from-behind wins, and this one improved the Rays to 4-22 when trailing after six innings.
"That was an awesome win," Cash said. "… I'm really happy with the way the guys responded, performed, all the above."
Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.