Jason Bourgeois came up in the right place at the right time Wednesday night, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Tampa Bay Rays, who needed a win to break a six-game losing streak.
The 31-year-old backup outfielder delivered his first hit for the Rays, an RBI single to cap a two-run rally that lifted Tampa Bay over the Seattle Mariners, 5-4, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
‘‘No outs, bases loaded, that’s like a hitter’s dream to be in that situation with the game on the line,’’ said Bourgeois, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner in the eighth. ‘‘I was looking for a pitch up and out over the plate. I got it and took advantage of it.’’
The Rays trailed 4-3 when Ben Zobrist opened the ninth with a triple off the top of the right-field wall against rookie Danny Farquhar (0-1).
Matt Joyce singled to tie it, Evan Longoria doubled, and Wil Myers was intentionally walked to load the bases before Bourgeois ended the game.
The win broke the Rays’ longest losing streak since the first six games of the 2011 season, and it marked only their third win in 43 games this season in which they trailed after eight innings.
Yankees 11, Angels 3 — Alfonso Soriano homered twice for the second straight night and drove in a career-high seven runs, giving him a staggering 13 RBIs in two games while powering suddenly potent New York to a victory over visiting Los Angeles.
Soriano became the third player to knock in at least six runs in back-to-back games since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, according to STATS.
The Yankees punished Angels ace Jered Weaver. Weaver matched a career high with nine runs allowed over five innings.
Diamondbacks 5, Orioles 4 — Aaron Hill singled with one out in the bottom of the 14th inning to give Arizona its third straight walk-off win and hand another excruciating loss to visiting Baltimore.
Hill forced extra innings with an RBI single in the ninth off Orioles closer Jim Johnson.
Marlins 5, Royals 2 — Justin Ruggiano snapped a franchise-worst 0-for-42 slump with a single in the first inning, and then added two more hits and drove in a run as Miami beat host Kansas City to wrap up a winning three-game series.
The Royals were rolling when the series began. They'd won 17 of 20 after taking the opener, but suffered their first defeat in eight series.
Indians 9, Twins 8 — Michael Brantley hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Nick Swisher in the 12th inning and Cleveland came back to beat to beat Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Joe Mauer homered, drove in four, and tied a career high with five hits.
Pirates 5, Cardinals 1 — Francisco Liriano was dominant in a complete-game effort and visiting Pittsburgh got home runs from Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones in a victory over St. Louis.
Liriano (13-5) allowed four hits with six strikeouts and needed just 94 pitches to beat the Cardinals.
Astros 2, Athletics 1 — Carlos Corporan doubled to left to score Jose Altuve in the top of the 11th to lift visiting Houston over Oakland.
Nationals 6, Giants 5 — Denard Span made a diving catch in deep center field with two runners on base for the final out, and Washington held off visiting San Francisco for its fifth straight victory.
Jordan Zimmermann (14-6) increased his NL-leading win total, allowing one run in seven innings.
Rangers 5, Brewers 4 — Elvis Andrus broke out of an 0-for-13 slump with two hits and two RBIs, and host Texas rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to beat Milwaukee.
The AL West-leading Rangers were 7-40 when trailing after six innings before the rally that began in the seventh.
Rockies 4, Padres 2 Veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba completed a remarkable double play by tagging out two runners at third base, Jorge De La Rose pitched seven innings of two-run ball, and host Colorado hung on to beat San Diego.
Corey Dickerson doubled twice, tripled, and drove in two runs for the Rockies.
Tigers 6, White Sox 4 — Miguel Cabrera launched a majestic three-run homer in the third inning to spark Detroit to a victory in Chicago. Cabrera has homered in five of the last six games.
Braves 6, Phillies 3 — Chris Johnson drove in three runs, Jason Heyward homered, and host Atlanta beat Philadelphia. The Braves have now won 17 of 19 and lead the majors with a .612 winning percentage.
Reds 5, Cubs 0 — Bronson Arroyo was at his baffling best, hurling seven crisp while allowing two hits and striking out seven to help Cincinnati win in Chicago to complete a three-game series sweep.