Dan Wheeler reacts after giving up a home run to Jose Lopez. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
Though they were defeated, the Rays were never out of the ballgame. After falling behind for the first time, Tampa Bay scored twice in the sixth, but Dan Wheeler surrendered the decisive home run in the eighth. Jeff Niemann put up a quality start, but the Rays were unable to get him a win.
BATTING HR: Suzuki, I (11, 5th inning off Niemann, 1 on, 2 out), Lopez, Jo (25, 8th inning off Wheeler, D, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Beltre, A; Lopez, Jo 4; Suzuki, I 4; Gutierrez, F 2. RBI: Beltre, A (41), Suzuki, I 2 (45), Lopez, Jo (92). 2-out RBI: Beltre, A; Suzuki, I 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hall. GIDP: Lopez, Jo, Johjima, Beltre, A. Team RISP: 1-for-4. Team LOB: 5.
BASERUNNING SB: Gutierrez, F (15, 2nd base off Niemann/Navarro, D).
a-Popped out for Perez, F in the 6th. b-Struck out for Kapler in the 6th. c-Grounded out for Navarro, D in the 8th.
BATTING 2B: Aybar, W 2 (10, Rowland-Smith, Rowland-Smith). TB: Bartlett; Longoria; Upton, B 2; Aybar, W 4; Perez, F. RBI: Upton, B 2 (45), Bartlett (64). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burrell; Longoria 2; Gross. SAC: Navarro, D. SF: Bartlett. Team RISP: 3-for-8. Team LOB: 9.
FIELDING DP: 3 (Longoria-Zobrist-Aybar, W 2, Zobrist-Aybar, W).