ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Texas A&M product Justin Ruggiano hit his first big league homer in the fifth inning as Tampa Bay topped Houston Saturday evening in St. Petersburg.
Pinch-hitter Gabe Gross doubled with the bases loaded, driving in two runs in the bottom of ninth inning to give the Rays a 4-3 victory over the Astros.
Gross was the third straight pinch hitter to come through for
the Rays, who got a leadoff single from Cliff Floyd before filling
the bases when Eric Hinske singled and Dioner Navarro was hit by a
The Rays won for the sixth time in eight games to pull within a
half game of Boston in the AL East.