Ramos comes up big in return to Rays' lineup

Catcher missed 3 games with tweaked hamstring

Ramos comes up big in return to Rays' lineup

OAKLAND -- After three days out of the lineup, catcher Wilson Ramos came up to the plate for the Rays with two outs in the ninth as the A's led by one.

"To me, the game is not over until the 27th out," Ramos said. "And I don't like to be the 27th out."

After missing three games with a left hamstring tweak, Ramos singled off of A's closer Santiago Casilla, notching the first hit to spark the Rays' two-run rally in a 4-3 win Tuesday night at the Coliseum.

"I know Casilla has got pretty good pitches and good velo. He threw me the first two on the outer zone, so I was looking for one good pitch and tried to hit the ball hard," Ramos said. "He threw me a good pitch and I finally hit the ball well. Not in the air, but I got a hit. That was good for the team, because when we come back in a game like tonight, we get more excited and we want to keep winning."

Ramos went 1-for-4 on the night, also reaching base on an error in the second. Both Ramos and Rays manager Kevin Cash said he'll be starting Wednesday afternoon.

"He's a very dangerous hitter at the plate. I think the numbers kind of speak for themselves," Cash said. "We've just got to give him some time to get his timing at the plate. Just to find a way to get on base, then we're able to pinch-run for him and get Mallex [Smith] in the game. But that inning all started because of Wilson's at-bat and hit."

Ramos also contributed defensively, picking off A's catcher Josh Phegley at first base to end the fourth inning and helping starter Blake Snell get out of a jam.

Ramos picks off Phegley

"In those situations, I try to help my pitcher," Ramos said. "He was struggling a little bit, and I saw that guy taking a big lead. I just gave a sign to the first baseman and tried to help. After that, I picked that guy off and the game changed."

Ramos, who missed nearly all of the first half rehabbing from a torn ACL in his right knee, tweaked his left hamstring Friday in Anaheim in the 10th inning and sat out the next two games in Anaheim. Ramos has batted .244 in 41 at-bats with three homers and 10 RBIs in just 11 games. 

Worth noting

• The Rays made a trade, acquiring right-hander Chaz Roe from the Braves for cash considerations before sending him to Triple-A Durham. Roe pitched in three games for the Braves this year and appeared in 93 games across five seasons in the Majors.

"He's kind of a sinker-slider guy, heavy ground-ball guy," Cash said. "It could be an interesting mix because we aren't really built to throw a ton of ground balls in the bullpen, and he's kind of that guy. We liked him enough to go acquire him, get him to Triple-A and find out what we have."

• Both Mallex Smith and Tim Beckham were out of the lineup Tuesday for a normal day off. Cash said Beckham's rest had been scheduled for Tuesday before he was ejected in the fourth inning on Monday.

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.