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Rays get 1,000th victory on Desmond Jennings’ walkoff homer

Sep 7, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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Rookie outfielder Desmond Jennings entered his at-bat in the 10th inning Wednesday in a 4-for-38 slump that dropped his average from .354 to .298.  He promptly pounded the very first pitch he saw over the wall in left to give the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Rangers.

The Rays managed to take two out of three from Texas to keep their slim postseason hopes alive.  It was also the 1,000th victory opposite 1,245 losses in franchise history.

This was a game that Tampa Bay probably shouldn’t have won.  The Rangers had 12 hits to the Rays’ seven and three homers to the Rays’ two.  The walks were even at three apiece, and Rangers pitchers racked up 11 strikeouts to Tampa Bay’s eight.

The problem was that Texas left 11 men on base.  All three of the Rangers’ homers were solo shots.  Ian Kinsler had two of them, including a game-tying blast off Kyle Farnsworth in the top of the ninth.  Mike Napoli had four hits, but the only one that drove in a run was his solo homer.

The win makes the Rays’ 78-64, leaving them 7 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the wild card pending Boston’s result tonight.  They’ll have a big chance to make up ground when they play the Red Sox this weekend.

The Rangers are three games up on the Angels in the AL West.

  1. hittfamily - Sep 7, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Even in a slump this kid amazes. He scored the first run and the last. There was no celebration on his part, as he rounded the bases like he would a 4th inning homer. He is now 6th on the team in homeruns, having played in only 44 games. It is a joy to watch this young man.

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