Willy Aybar congratulates Carlos Pena on his solo homer in the sixth inning. (AP)
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
The Rays capitalized on an error, stole three bases, scored a run and put the potential tying run on third in the ninth inning. But they were unable to complete the comeback, amassing five hits all night, which forced a solid Jeff Niemann to take the tough-luck loss.
a-Reached on error for Kapler in the 9th. 1-Ran for Burrell in the 8th.
BATTING HR: Pena, C (5, 6th inning off Danks, Jh, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Bartlett 2; Pena, C 4; Burrell; Navarro, D. RBI: Pena, C (12), Crawford, C (7). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bartlett; Zobrist 2; Upton, B; Navarro, D; Gross 2. Team RISP:
0-for-11. Team LOB: 10.
BASERUNNING SB: Bartlett 2 (4, 2nd base off Dotel/Pierzynski, 2nd base off Jenks/Pierzynski), Iwamura (4, 2nd base off Jenks/Pierzynski),
Crawford, C (3, 2nd base off Jenks/Pierzynski).