The Tampa Bay Rays gave the Washington Nationals four different two-run leads, including two in extra innings, and came back from three of them before falling 9-7 in 11 innings Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
The first lead for Washington came three batters into the game, as Rays starter Shane McClanahan walked Trea Turner to start the game, and two batters later Juan Soto connected for his eighth home run of the year for a 2-0 lead.
But Nationals starter Patrick Corbin was equally as rocky in the first, walking Manuel Margot, Yandy Diaz, and Austin Meadows in succession to load the bases with nobody out. Randy Arozarena then singled off the center field wall to tie the game. Mike Brosseau‘s sacrifice fly gave Tampa Bay what would end up being its only lead of the night.
The Nationals broke the tie against Andrew Kittredge in the top of the tenth on a base hit by Yan Gomes and stretched the lead out to 7-5 with a sacrifice fly by Kyle Schwarber, but again Tampa Bay rallied off Brad Hand with a RBI triple by Arozarena and a base hit by Wendle to make it 7-7.
Washington took the lead for good in the eleventh against Diego Castillo, as Starlin Castro took his first pitch and laced it off the wall in left for an RBI double, and after a bunt single by Victor Robles and a strikeout of Turner, Josh Harrison‘s sacrifice fly set the score at 9-7.
Tampa Bay would get the tying run into scoring position in the bottom of the innings against Tanner Rainey, but Meadows struck out to end the game.
Despite the loss, the Rays maintain a 1 1/2 game lead in the American League East as the Boston red Sox also lost at home to Houston.
Tampa Bay will have Thursday off before beginning a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles Friday.