Game of the Day: Rays 10, Orioles 6: Joyce, Rays end Orioles' late-inning streak at 109

2013-05-19T00:00:00Z Game of the Day: Rays 10, Orioles 6: Joyce, Rays end Orioles' late-inning streak at 109The Associated Press The Associated Press
May 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

BALTIMORE - The Tampa Bay Rays don't seem to mind being behind late in the game.

In fact, they're becoming quite adept at staging stirring rallies.

Matt Joyce hit a go-ahead two-run double in a six-run ninth inning that lifted the Rays to a 10-6 victory over the Orioles on Saturday, ending Baltimore's franchise-record streak of 109 straight wins when leading after seven innings.

"That's kind of been our identity from the beginning of the year," Rays third baseman Evan Longoria said. "We've really done a good job throughout the game of continuing to tack on runs, and even when we've been down early in games, finding a way to put together good at-bats and score runs."

Joyce also homered and finished 3 for 5 with five RBIs for the Rays, who posted a season-best third straight road victory, all of them come-from-behind wins.

"We believe in each other, and then you're able to do those things," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "If you stop believing, if you don't think it can't happen, then it never will. If you think it can happen, then it shall. And that's pretty much what this group's been about."

But this one came against a closer that had been virtually unbeatable until this week and a team that's been hard to overcome when taking a lead to the eighth.

"Their track record after seven innings has spoken for itself," Longoria said. "They've been really good late in the game. And Jim Johnson has been as good as they come. To be able to get to him and then tack a couple more on and be able to win a game like that, especially here in this hostile environment, is really big."

Trailing 6-4, Kelly Johnson hit a one-out homer off the Orioles' Jim Johnson (1-4), whose club-record streak of 35 straight saves ended Tuesday.

Johnson then loaded the bases on two walks and a hit before Joyce hit a two-run double to the right-center gap for a 7-6 lead. Ben Zobrist followed with a two-run double off Darren O'Day, who later issued a bases-loaded walk to Luke Scott.

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