Rays continue to come up big late in games

Rays continue to come up big late in games

BALTIMORE -- The Rays have won four games when they have trailed after eight innings, the most in the Major Leagues and as many as the other four American League East teams combined.

The Rays and the Reds had seven such wins last season, tied for the Major League lead. Over the last two years, the Rays' 11 wins when trailing after eight are the most in the Major Leagues and five more than any other AL team (Royals, six).

Entering Friday night's action, the Rays had scored a Major-League-high 23 runs in the ninth inning, ahead of the Phillies (20). They have outscored their opponents 23-8 in the ninth. The ninth is the Rays second-highest scoring inning after the first (27). They have hit four home runs in the ninth.