Sep 7, 2014 6:32 PM
Cruz powers Orioles past Rays 7-5 in 11 innings
The Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Nelson Cruz hit his second homer of the game in the 11th inning and drove in seven runs, and the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 on Sunday.
After Nick Hundley drew a one-walk in the 11th, Cruz drove the next pitch from Cesar Ramos (2-6) over the wall in center for his 39th homer. Cruz has 101 RBIs this season.
Baltimore trailed 4-2 before Cruz's bases-loaded triple against Joel Peralta in the ninth. Tampa Bay tied it at 5 in the bottom half on pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez's run-scoring grounder off closer Zach Britton.
Brad Brach (6-1) worked a scoreless 10th before Andrew Miller got three outs for his first save.