Carlos Pena rounds the bases after hitting a solo homer. (Reinhold Matay/AP)
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
It was a tough night for starter Jeff Niemann, but the Rays bailed their hurler out by putting up nine runs in the first five innings. Willy Aybar had two hits, two runs and three RBIs and Ben Zobrist had two hits and three runs scored.
BATTING 2B: Gross (5, Lackey). HR: Pena, C (18, 3rd inning off Lackey, 0 on, 1 out), Aybar, W (5, 5th inning off Lackey, 1 on, 0 out). TB: Gross 2; Upton, B; Crawford, C 2; Pena, C 5; Zobrist 2; Aybar, W 5; Brignac. RBI: Aybar, W 3 (19), Gross (17), Navarro, D (14), Crawford, C (28), Pena, C (43). 2-out RBI: Crawford, C. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Upton, B 2. GIDP: Longoria. Team RISP: 4-for-9. Team LOB: 3.
BASERUNNING SB: Upton, B (18, 2nd base off Lackey/Napoli), Zobrist (7, 2nd base off Lackey/Napoli).
FIELDING E: Brignac (2, fielding), Gross (2, throw). Outfield assists: Crawford, C (Abreu at home). Pickoffs: Navarro, D (Figgins at 3rd base).