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Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida Attendance: 13,364
Rays look to continue celebration vs. Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa Bay Rays
- These two teams have not faced each other since 2017. The Pirates lead the all-time series 9-6. The Pirates shut out the Rays 4-0 in the last meeting, the only shutout in the first 15 matchups.
- The Pirates won four of their last five games (all at home). Pittsburgh has lost seven of its last eight games on the road. The Pirates have committed just one error in their last seven games; however, they are still 29th in the majors in fielding percentage at .979.
- Bryan Reynolds is hitting .415 (22-for-53) with four home runs, nine RBI and 12 runs scored over his last 15 games. He has a .364 average in June after hitting just .224 in May.
- The Rays have lost nine of their last 12 games. Six of those nine losses were by one run and eight were by two runs or less. The Rays are 13-14 this season in games decided by one run, and their 27 one-run games are tied with Toronto and Miami for the most in the majors.
- Isaac Paredes hit .455 (5-for-11) with four home runs in the three-game series against the Yankees. On Tuesday, he hit three home runs and became the sixth different Tampa Bay player to hit three home runs in a game. Evan Longoria is the only Rays player with two games with three home runs.
- Ke'Bryan Hayes scored the winning run in the 10th inning yesterday for the Cubs. He tied a career-high with three runs scored (his first career game with three runs was in his major league debut -- also against the Cubs).
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- Ohtani homers, equals Ruth with 10th win
- Soto goes deep, Machado hits walk-off HR
- LHP Sale breaks wrist in bike accident
- Anderson needs hand surgery, out 6 weeks
The Tampa Bay Rays are back to winning and are riding the hot bat of Isaac Paredes.
The Rays and Paredes will look for a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates when they play their second straight matinee match Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla.
However, the defending American League East champions will face a difficult task in topping the dramatics of Saturday's win -- thanks largely to Paredes.
With the Rays trailing 5-3 in the eighth, Paredes hit his fifth homer in three games -- he hit three Tuesday against the New York Yankees -- but he saved his best hit for the ninth inning when the Rays loaded the bases after Pirates closer David Bednar had retired the first two batters.
Down 0-2 in the count, Paredes slashed a sharp single to right to score two as the Rays posted a walk-off win for the second straight game.
In probably the best three-game stretch of his career, the 23-year-old Paredes is 7-for-12 with five homers and eight RBIs.
"I was very confident going into the at-bat, and the confidence the players gave me in the at-bats before me was great," said Paredes, who leads the club in homers.
The Rays acquired Paredes from the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Austin Meadows on April 4.
Paredes has 10 home runs. Meanwhile, Meadows hasn't gone deep in 36 games and is set to begin a rehab assignment after clearing COVID protocol.
Added Rays manager Kevin Cash of Paredes: "He's fun to watch. ... He's a guy who can shoot the ball the other way late in counts."
The Pirates wasted a good start from JT Brubaker, a solo shot for the second straight game from Diego Castillo, and a gigantic blast from rookie slugging sensation Jack Suwinski.
The lefty-hitting Suwinski, who leads all first-year players with 12 homers, jumped on a four-seam fastball from reliever Jalen Beeks in the sixth inning -- driving in three and erasing Tampa Bay's 3-2 lead and putting the visitors in a good position to win for the fourth time this week.
Suwinski's rocket landed 443 feet away, smashing into the back wall behind the right-field seats. It was the second-longest homer in the domed ballpark in 2022 -- only a blast from Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went deeper (446).
The shot's exit velocity measured 112.4.
To top it off, Suwinski made a spectacular catch on Luke Raley's foul fly ball, snaring it while falling into a fan seated along the wall.
A 2016 15th-round draft pick out of high school in Chicago, the 23-year-old Suwinski is hitting .214 with 22 RBIs. He had a three-homer showing last Sunday against San Francisco.
"The thing with Jack is, if you watch him on a daily basis, nothing really affects him," Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. "He never gets too high. Never gets too low."
After three mediocre relief appearances to open the 2022 campaign, right-hander Roansy Contreras (2-1, 2.89 ERA) has found his niche over six straight starts and will make his first one against the Rays on Sunday.
As a starter, Contreras is 1-1 with a 2.73 ERA, with opposition batters hitting .256.
Tampa Bay ace Shane McClanahan (7-3, 1.81) will make his 15th start and first career appearance against the Pirates.
The southpaw has wins in six of his past seven decisions, and opposing hitters are batting a lowly .185 against him.
--Field Level Media
Updated June 26, 2022