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Brad Boxberger, Rays done in by walk-off homer against Astros
Curt Casali

Brad Boxberger, Rays done in by walk-off homer against Astros

Published Aug. 18, 2015 11:42 p.m. ET

HOUSTON (AP) -- Tampa Bay's bullpen hadn't given up a run to the Houston Astros in four games this season.

That changed Tuesday night when Houston tied it off Jake McGee before Marwin Gonzalez hit a homer leading off the 10th inning off All-Star closer Brad Boxberger to lift the Astros to a 3-2 victory.

The game was tied 2-all when Gonzalez connected off Boxberger (4-9), sending a full-count fastball into the seats in right field.

"I think it's just a rough patch we're hitting right now," Boxberger said. "It's part of it. Everyone goes through it. It's just a matter of how quick you can turn it around."


Manager Kevin Cash doesn't believe Tuesday's performances by McGee and Boxberger are cause for concern.

"I don't think so," he said. "I think both of their velocities have been consistent pretty much all year. I think you have to credit the hitters that are having the approach off of them."

Luke Gregerson (6-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

The Rays led 2-1 in the eighth before an RBI double by Carlos Correa off McGee tied it.

Curt Casali homered for the Rays, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

Gonzalez drove in Houston's first run with a double in the third inning.

Kevin Kiermaier singled to center field to start the top of the seventh and Casali followed with a bloop double. Grady Sizemore drew a walk with one out to load the bases before Evan Longoria grounded into a forceout that scored Kiermaier to put the Rays on top 2-1.

Jason Castro singled with one out in the third and Jose Altuve reached on a bunt single. He was ruled out initially but the Astros challenged the call and it was overturned. Gonzalez followed with his double to left to score Castro and give Houston a 1-0 lead.

Casali's towering homer tied it at 1-all with one out in the fifth.

Jake Odorizzi allowed six hits, one run and tied a season-high with nine strikeouts in six innings.

He wasn't feeling great early, but was able to settle down as the game progressed.

"First two innings were really bad," Odorizzi said. "Couldn't really get a relief point. Wasn't really comfortable. Once I started using my legs more and the ball started going where I wanted it to and everything just got a lot better."

Houston starter Scott Feldman yielded nine hits and two runs in seven innings.

There was a scary moment came when Correa tumbled over Carlos Gomez when the two both tried to catch Casali's double in the seventh. Gomez went to the ground to try and make the catch and a sprinting Correa deflected the ball off his glove before running into him and falling to the ground. He remained on the ground for a minute clutching his left ankle, but remained in the game after a short chat with the team's trainer.

Correa said after the game he was fine.


Rays: OF Desmond Jennings, who came off the 60-day DL on Friday, got a day off. Cash said he was fine, but that he wanted to give him a breather after playing four straight games after such a long layoff following arthroscopic knee surgery.

Astros: OF George Springer (broken right wrist) has started to swing a fungo bat. Manager A.J. Hinch said he's still some time away from swinging a real bat or actually hitting. There is no timetable for his return.


Houston ace Dallas Keuchel (14-6, 2.36) looks to improve to 12-0 at home when he opposes rookie Nathan Karns (7-5, 3.53). Keuchel is tied with Seattle's Felix Hernandez for the AL lead in wins and his 2.36 ERA ranks second.


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