The Tampa Bay Rays looked for all the world like they were done. The Texas Rangers had put a flat beating on them for 2 games. The Rays had one more chance to stay in the playoffs. Another loss and they were finished. So, the Rays returned to the tried and true formula they have used all season - better late than never.
The Rays were down 2-1 in the 7th inning. It looked as if they were done for. They just couldn't get the bats moving. The Rays one saving grace to this point - the Rangers bats weren't moving that well either against Rays pitcher Matt Garza. A lot of people started to have that "sweep" mentality. It looked like the Rays were done.
But wait, there's more. The Rays in the 8th inning started off with a Dan Johnson double. Pena then followed with a single that tied the game at 2 all. Up next BJ Upton, who struck out for the 2nd out of the inning. Jason Bartlett drew a walk next. Then, Rays catcher John Jaso singled to score Pena and give the Rays the 3-2 lead.
But the Rays weren't done yet. In the 9th inning, Carl Crawford, who has struggled mightily at the plate for the first 2 games of this series, blasts a home run. Sean Rodriguez then singled and Pena then added on a 2 out 2 run homer to bring the score to Rays 6 Rangers 2. Nelson Cruz added the Rangers other run with a homer in the bottom of the 9th inning.
The Rays looked to be all but dead, but in true Rays fashion they waited to the last moments to get it done. It's what they have done all year. Waiting to get their bats moving until the later innings. It worked for them most of the time, but in these games vs the Rangers they had let themselves get too far behind to play catch up. Not so on Saturday night. Thanks to Garza's great pitching and some very timely hitting by the Rays, they live to fight another day....better late than never.