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Battling slump, Rays get boost from Yunel

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BALTIMORE -- Yunel Escobar's RBI single in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's Rays win snapped the Rays' 0-for-21 stretch with runners in scoring position and two outs.

It was the first such hit since Sean Rodriguez's single in the ninth inning April 8 against the Rangers, the first game of the road stretch.

Leading up to Shelley Duncan's single in the fourth inning Wednesday night, the Rays had been 1-for-31 with runners in scoring position. The Rays ended up going 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position Wednesday after going 4-for-56 in their previous eight games.

Escobar's hit also helped ease his own personal slump, as his 1-for-3 outing Wednesday raised his average to .104.

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

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