Resiliency and resourcefulness have been two of the Rays’ trademarks this season, and they showed both on Sunday in one of their most significant wins of the season.
"Inspirational... emotional," manager Joe Maddon said. "I just love the fact that we did not give up."
The Rays won a game in which they trailed 3-1 in the eighth, blew a 4-3 lead in the ninth, fell behind 5-4 in the 10th and then rallied to win.
They won after closer Troy Percival blew his third save of the season, and gave up two homers in a game for the first time in more than eight years.
They won a game when they were out of position players, and had to consider the possibility of putting a pitcher in the field.
"This team doesn't quit," Percival said. "This bullpen has been so good. It's like every time we do stink it up it's like they're obligated to go out and do something, and they do. It's incredible."
RAYS 6, TIGERS 5 (10 innings): Carl Crawford tied the game with a bases-loaded single and then Carlos Pena provided the game-winner on a full-count walk as the Rays matched their victory total from last season with their 66th win. Trever Miller got the win, his first decision since June 2006.
—OF Rocco Baldelli returned to St. Petersburg on Saturday after completing a 20-day rehab assignment at Class AA Montgomery and said he felt good and was back in baseball shape. Baldelli, out since spring training due to a rare muscle fatigue condition, could be activated as soon as Monday. He has not played in the majors since May 15, 2007.
—After not stealing a base for 18 games, LF Carl Crawford had steals in consecutive games Friday and Saturday. Crawford also became the first major-leaguer to have five triples in a six-game span since July 2004, when he did it. Before that, it was Jim Rice in July 1978, and before that Willie Mays in September 1960.
—RHP Troy Percival gave up two homers in an outing Sunday for the first time in more than eight years, since June 14, 2000, when he was pitching for the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field.
—3B Evan Longoria on Saturday hit his 21st homer, tying Jonny Gomes' team rookie record set in 2005.
—RHP Gary Glover refused an outright assignment to Class AAA Durham and chose to become a free agent. The Rays had designated him for assignment last week. Glover, making $1.075 million, was 1-2, 5.82 in 29 games.
—RHP Troy Percival took over eighth place on the all-time saves list on Friday with his 348th; next on the list is Jeff Reardon at 367.
BY THE NUMBERS: 121 — Major-league record consecutive appearances by Trever Miller before getting the win Sunday; his last decision was Sept. 30, 2006.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We feel with the lead we have, we're in the exact position we want to be in, with the ability to control our own destiny." -- Executive VP Andrew Friedman, on the team's playoff chances.
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