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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jason Bourgeois came up in the right place at the right time Wednesday night, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Tampa Bay Rays, who needed a win to break a six-game losing streak. The 31-year-old backup outfielder delivered his first hit for the Rays, an RBI single to cap a two-run rally that lifted Tampa Bay over the Seattle Mariners 5-4. "No outs, bases loaded, thats like a hitters dream to be in that situation with the game on the line," said Bourgeois, who had entered the game as a pinch runner in the eighth. "I was looking for pitch up and out over the plate. I got it and took advantage of it." The Rays trailed 4-3 when Ben Zobrist opened the ninth with a triple off the top of the right-field wall against rookie Danny Farquhar (0-1). Matt Joyce singled to tie it, Evan Longoria doubled and Wil Myers was intentionally walked to load the bases. Bourgeois, playing in only his fourth game after being called up from Triple-A Durham on Aug. 6, singled to right over the Mariners drawn-in outfield. "Weve just been waiting on that big moment. I think this is going to keep us going a little bit," he said. "It seems to open a lot and take some (pressure) off the pitcher whos starting for us tomorrow." The win broke the Rays longest losing streak since the first six games of the 2011 season, and it marked only their third win in 43 games this season in which they trailed after eight innings. "Its almost never easy," said a relieved manager Joe Maddon. "When things are getting a little bit awkward, it normally takes an awkward game to win, in order to get you back on task, on track." Joel Peralta (2-5) pitched one inning. Farquhar didnt retire any of the five batters he faced. Myers two-run homer, his ninth of the season, cut Seattles lead to 4-3 in the sixth after a leadoff double by Longoria. Rookies Brad Miller and Nick Franklin drove in three runs with back-to-back extra-base hits in the fifth to give the Mariners a three-run lead. David Price failed in his bid to become the first Rays starting pitcher to win this month. Price pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out seven. All four Mariner runs came on two-out hits. "I wasnt able to make pitches. Thats what Ive been doing, but its what I didnt do as well tonight, especially with two outs, and thats how innings start," Price said. "Our team winning is the biggest thing right now. To come from behind against Farquhar, who slammed the door on us yesterday, thats huge." Kendrys Morales drove in Seattles first run with a single in the first. With two outs, Kyle Seager was hit by a pitch, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Morales hit. Facing the Mariners for the first time in his 138th major league start, Price then retired 12 straight before walking Dustin Ackley with two out in the fifth. Humberto Quintero reached on an infield chopper, Miller tripled into the left-field gap and Franklin doubled. Mariners starter Aaron Harang, pitching in his 33rd different major league ballpark, gave up only three singles until the sixth, when the Rays opened with four straight hits and finished him. NOTES: RHP Alex Cobb will start for the Rays on Thursday, pitching in the majors for the first time since being struck on the right ear by a line drive exactly two months ago. ... Rays LHP Matt Moore threw 55 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday, but the All-Star pitcher is not satisfied that he is 100 per cent and will not come off the disabled list this weekend. Moore plans to throw again Sunday, but Maddon said it will not be off a mound. ... Rays starting pitchers are 0-6 in their last 11 games after going 16-2 in the preceding 21 games. . . . Rays CF Desmond Jennings, who is on the disabled list with a fractured left middle finger, hit off a tee. He is eligible to come off the DL on Monday . . . Farquhar had recorded the first five saves of his career in his preceding five appearances for the Mariners. . . . The umpire crew of Wally Bell, Marvin Hudson, Marty Foster and Jordan Baker visited the All Childrens Hospital as part of the Umps Care Charities Blue for Kids program. Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl Jersey . Jeff Green scored 13 points and Kris Humphries 12 for the Celtics, who nearly blew an 18-point, second-half lead. Sullingers 20-20 was the first by a Celtics player since Kevin Garnetts first game in Boston in 2007. Garnett was dealt -- along with Paul Pierce -- to Brooklyn during the off-season. Jace Sternberger Super Bowl Jersey . They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation. https://www.packersrookiestore.com/Packe...on-Jersey/ . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. Clay Matthews Super Bowl Jersey .com) - Richie Incognito has reportedly been admitted to a psychiatric care unit in Arizona. Ray Nitschke Super Bowl Jersey . Already owning gold from competition in Vancouver in 2010, Loch posted a combined four-run time of 3:27.526. That included a track-record third run of 51. OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The horn ending practice had sounded long ago, and Mike Wallace was still hard at work.Moving to his left, shifting to his right, Wallace stood in front of the machine as it spit out footballs. Catching with two hands, then with his left hand and the right, Wallace worked at his craft Wednesday until finally -- as always -- he was the last man off the field.Wallace signed with Baltimore as a free agent in March looking to revive a career that stalled last year in Minnesota. Two weeks into the season, the move has worked for both the Ravens and the 30-year-old receiver.Baltimore (2-0) has scored three touchdowns, all of them by Wallace. He caught a 66-yarder in a 13-7 win over Buffalo, then scored on passes of 7 and 17 yards to help the Ravens overcome a 20-point deficit and beat Cleveland 25-20.They arent calling him Mr. Touchdown in the locker room heading into this weeks game at the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Wallace certainly has received a hearty welcome from a team he despised when playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.Mike has been everything we expected and hoped for, coach John Harbaugh said. He just works really hard.Wallace knows all too well that fame can be fleeting. He enjoyed four solid seasons with the Steelers, performed well in relative obscurity with Miami in 2013 and 2014, then scored only two touchdowns last year with the Vikings.Hes already surpassed that in two starts with Baltimore, which is why Wallace attracted a crowd of reporters and cameramen at his locker on Wednesday.Ive seen the highs, Ive seeen the lows, Ive seen how fast things can change on you, he said.dddddddddddd So just like youre all sitting here talking to me, I dont buy into none of this. Next week you could be gone.Thats been the pattern in the eight years since he starred at Mississippi.I came in third-round pick, not much. I got a lot of love once I started making plays, Wallace said. But you dont make a couple plays, it all turns around on you.Wallace has seven catches for 132 yards. Every one of his receptions has produced a first down or a touchdown. Although quarterback Joe Flacco has a variety of targets, including tight end Dennis Pitta and Steve Smith, none of them have been more productive than Wallace.I know hes very confident and we want to keep him that way, Flacco said. We want to keep him juiced up and keep feeding him the ball. The more he continues to feel like that, the better its going to be for our team.During his days with the Steelers, Wallace and the Ravens had little love for each other. There were hard hits and trash-talking, boasts and taunts, leaving open the question of whether he could get along with his former enemy.Its football. You leave it on the field unless its too serious, he said. When I got here, I had no doubt it would be a great fit. I knew from afar it was a great organization. It was easy for me to come here and just go with the flow.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '
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