Rays offense comes to the rescue

Kiermaier, Souza, Butler deliver key homers

Rays offense comes to the rescue

ANAHEIM -- The Rays' offense played the role of the cavalry on Wednesday night as they came to the rescue in a 6-5 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium.

Don't let the eight hits fool you. Mixed within that snowman were three home runs, including the game winner, a solo blast by Kevin Kiermaier off Huston Street to lead off the 10th.

"That was a huge hit off a very good pitcher," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Kiermaier has been doing extra work lately to try to improve his plate discipline and the extra work paid rich dividends by helping the Rays claim the three-game series.

"Left one over the plate, I put a good swing on it and it had enough backspin on it to where it got out," Kiermaier said. "It's been an inconsistent kind of season for me and I wanted to step up big right there for the team."

Kiermaier discusses homer

Kiermaier's blast came on the heels of Brad Boxberger allowing a run in the ninth, tagging him with his first blown save of the season and sending the game to extra innings.

All night long the Rays' pitching experienced a bumpy ride, bending, but not quite breaking. Nate Karns started and allowed four runs in five innings -- including two home runs. Nevertheless, he appeared headed for his fourth win of the season when the offense bailed him out in the sixth.

Brandon Guyer got hit on an 0-2 pitch from Angels starter Hector Santiago to start the inning. Joey Butler followed with his fourth home run of the season on a 1-0 pitch. Evan Longoria then singled and Logan Forsythe walked to set the table for Steven Souza Jr. , who connected for his 11th home run of the season to give the Rays a 5-4 lead.

Butler, Souza homer in 6th

"We're down 4-0 against a guy whose throwing the ball well and we put up a five-spot and change the game right there," Cash said. "That's what they do. Good group of guys."

The five runs in the sixth ining were the second highest total for the Rays in an inning this season.

The pitching has "had our back all year," Souza said. "They're allowed not to be perfect all year. ... To get behind them and get them out of there without the decision being a loss was huge for us."

The pitching and offense finally found harmony when Xavier Cedeno and Steve Geltz got the final three outs in the 10th, with Geltz earning his second save of the season.

"In the sixth inning, our offense got going," Karns said. "So you've got Joey's two-run followed by Souza's three-run. Then we did it like we've been doing it all year, piecing it together with the bullpen one inning after another. ... It's just a really solid team win today."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.