09/25 21:03 CDT Wendle's hit in 8th helps Rays ding Phillies' playoff hopes
Wendle's hit in 8th helps Rays ding Phillies' playoff hopes
By MARK DIDTLER
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) --- Joey Wendle had a go-ahead two-run single in the
eighth inning and the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays rallied to hurt
Philadelphia's playoff hopes, beating the Phillies 6-4 on Friday night.
The Rays would clinch the top seed in the American League with Oakland loss
later Friday night; the A's were hosting Seattle. Tampa Bay is looking to
finish with the AL's best record for the second time, after topping the league
Bryce Harper had a triple and drove in two runs for Philadelphia, which started
the day one game behind second-place Miami in the NL East and also trailed in
the wide-open wild-card race.
Yoshi Tsutsdugo had one-out single in the eighth before Adam Morgan (0-1)
loaded the bases on consecutive walks to Hunter Renfroe and Brett Phillips.
Hctor Neris replaced Morgan and retired pinch-hitter Brandon Lowe on a pop
fly. Wendle followed with a liner to right that gave Tampa Bay a 5-3 advantage.
Nick Anderson (2-1) worked a scoreless eighth and John Curtiss got the final
three outs for his second save.
Phillips tied it 4 on a solo shot off Tommy Hunter in the sixth. He put the
Rays up 1-0 with a run-scoring single during the second.
Alec Bohm drove in a run with a single before Harper had an RBI triple and
scored on shortstop Willy Adames' errant to throw to third as the Phillies took
a 3-1 lead in the third.
Harper made it 4-1 on a fifth-inning single against Charlie Morton.
Adames ended starter Vince Velasquez's night with a one-out RBI single in the
fifth. Kevin Kiermaier cut the deficit to 4-3 on a fielder's choice grounder
Morton gave up four runs --- all with two outs --- and seven hits over five
innings. Velasquez allowed three run and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Bohm went 2 for 4 and has 37 hits this month, and a hit in 16 of his last 18
games. He is hitting .463 (19 of 41) with runners in scoring position.
Lowe was named the Rays' Don Zimmer MVP Award winner following a vote by media
covering the team. Right-hander Pete Fairbanks was selected as the Rays' top
rookie. Kiermaier received the Champion Award for professionalism on and off
Phillies: RHP Spencer Howard (right shoulder stiffness) was reinstated from the
10-day injured list.
Rays: INF Yandy Daz (right hamstring strain) and 1B Ji-Man Choi (left
hamstring strain) both faced live pitching, did defensive work and ran the
bases. Their status for the first round of the playoffs has not been determined.
Phillies RHP Zack Wheeler (4-1) will start on Saturday night against Tampa Bay.
The Rays have not announced their starter.
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