Tampa Bay Rays
Brad Miller #13
The Tampa Bay Rays had just one hit through seven innings and were being shut out 2-0 heading into the bottom of the 8th inning, and then Rays shortstop Brad Miller changed the outcome of the game. With one out and runners on first and second, Miller launched a clutch go-ahead three-run homer on a 1-1 pitch into the right-field stands off Kansas City Royals reliever Joakim Soria for a 3-2 Rays lead, which held up for the win and enabled a split of the four-game series at Tropicana Field.
QUOTE: "I tried to get a ground ball, a double play. He gets the barrel of the bat on it and hit it out. It wasn"t a bad pitch. In my view, it was a good pitch. But he hit it out, so it wasn"t a good pitch," Soria said.
FACT: Rays starter Drew Smyly held the Royals scoreless for six of the seven innings he pitched, and the only blemish was a two-run homer off the bat of Alex Gordon.