ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ninth-inning tension was brushed away by a surprising bat, the Tampa Bay Rays longest losing streak in two years drowned in the emotion shown between first and second bases. There, teammates bounced around previously unheralded outfielder Jason Bourgeois, marking the end of their six-game slide.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said it best, while lounging in his office after a satisfying 5-4 victory over the Mariners on Wednesday at Tropicana Field that was clinched on Bourgeois single to right field with the bases loaded: It is always almost never simple when things become a little awkward.
Sometimes, it takes an awkward game, with an unsuspecting star, to become refocused.
"Thats awesome, man," Bourgeois said of the postgame celebration, which occurred after his first hit as a Rays player. "These guys know how to do it. ... It was a moment I'll never forget, I'll tell you that."
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