Tampa Bay Rays' Manuel Margot, right, celebrates with Harold Ramirez after Margot hit a walkoff single off Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Lou Trivino during the 10th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 12, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won the game 9-8. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Tampa Bay Rays Win 9-8 Against The Oakland Athletics

The Tampa Bay Rays won game-two of four in their series against the Oakland Athletics in a 9-8 walk-off Tuesday night. The series is tied 1-1.

Manuel Margot hit a game-ending single during Tampa Bay’s two-run 10th inning, to secure the win for the Rays.

Rookie v. Rookie

For just the 28th time in modern baseball, two rookie starting pitchers faced off against each other in a MLB game.

Tommy Romero struggled for control, walking five batters before finishing the second inning.

The opposing starter Adam Oller made his major-league debut as well.  He gave up five runs on five hits and three walks over 1 1/3 innings.

Close Game

Rookie pitcher Romero walked both Tony Kemp and Elvis Andrus in the first inning.  Then, Jed Lowrie had a homerun that put the A’s up 3-0.

Tampa Bay answered back in the bottom of the inning with a home run from Brandon Lowe, a walk to Ji-Man Choi and a double from Randy Arozarena. Choi and Arozarena were left on base heading into the second 3-1.

In the top of the second, Sheldon Neuse walked, Kemp hit a single and Andrus walked, ending the night for Romero.

To start the second, Mike Zunino hit a double. Then, Taylor Walls had a single bringing Zunino home. Choi hit a three-run home run giving the Rays the lead 5-3 and chasing Oller from the game.

Moving to the fourth, Brooks Raley was the man on the mound for the Rays. He allowed only a single to Stephan Piscotty.

The Rays still maintained the lead at the end of the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh Walls hit a double to deep center with one out. Pitcher Wander Franco drew a two-out walk to leave it up to Yandy Diaz. The game went into extra innings tied 7-7.

Moving to the tenth and final inning, Franco tied things up with a double to score Lowe, and then with two outs Margot hit a single to score Franco.

What to Expect

The Tampa Bay Rays and Athletics play game three Wednesday at 6:40 p.m. Frankie Montas will be on the mound for Oakland, and Shane McClanahan will start for the Rays.

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