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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Harold Ramirez tagged Vidal Brujan with a game-ending pinch single, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays against the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Friday night.

Vidal Brujan took second as an auto-runner for Tampa Bay and stole third against Yerry De Los Santos (0-1) before Ramirez’s hit.

“He gets hit all the time, so with a guy like that, you have to be ready,” said Brujan through a translator. “I wanted to get to third base because I knew he was going to at least connect on something.”

Jason Adam (1-2) picked up the win.

Three homers had brought the Pirates back from a 3-0 deficit, but they were unable to score in the 10th despite a single at Hoy Park.

“We fought back and gave ourselves a chance to win and had an opportunity in the 10th and we just didn’t capitalize on it,” said Pirates manager Derek Shelton.

“We had the first and third no-outs and we didn’t score. We have to run there and we didn’t.

Luke Raley and Jonathan Aranda, playing their first games for the Rays, made runs with singles to put the Rays up 2-0 in the second, and a disallowance from Pirates starter Mitch Keller made it 3- 0.

The Pirates tied it with three solo homers against starter Jeffrey Springs. Michael Chavis hit his eighth homer in the fourth, and Diego Castillo followed two batters later with his sixth. Park opened the fifth with his second homer.

“I’d love to get them back, but solo shots usually don’t beat you. I can live with those,” said Springs, who threw a career-high 102 pitches.

Springs struck out nine batters in six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. The Pirates batted 17 times and were goalless against five Rays pitchers.

Keller pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits.

Pirates rookie Oneil Cruz failed to drive in a rush after scoring an RBI in his first six major league games, a franchise record and one shy of the major league record set by Dale Alexander of Detroit in 1929.


Pirates: DE Ke’Bryan Hayes suffered a sore left shoulder after colliding with home plate as he scored the winning run on Thursday, but hopes to play this weekend. … LHP Dillon Peters and RHP Duane Underwood will kick off live batting practices Saturday at IF Tucupita Marcano and OF Jack Marisnick. All four are on the injured list and will be re-evaluated for rehab assignments.

Rays: SS Wander Franco (right quad strain) was due to go DH in his final rehabilitation game for Triple-A Durham on Friday night and then return to be assessed by Rays coaches on Saturday. …OF Manuel Margot has been transferred to IL for 60 days, but his diagnosis is not as serious as feared. Tampa Bay feared she had torn her right ACL, but was instead diagnosed with a strain in her right patellar tendon. He won’t be back until at least the end of August. … RHP Drew Rasmussen, who missed two starts with left hamstring strain, will pitch three innings in a mock game in Port Charlotte on Saturday.


The last six batters in the Rays’ injury-exhausted batting order had a combined .164 batting average and 500 games of major league experience. This included Raley and Aranda, who were recalled from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday.


Shelton, who served as Tampa Bay’s hitting coach from 2010 to 2016, scored against the Rays for the first time on Friday night.

The Pirates were scheduled to open against the Rays in 2020 in what would have been Shelton’s managerial debut, but COVID-19 shut down that season until the end of July and those games were canceled.


Fresh off his first win of the season, RHP JT Brubaker (1-7, 4.11) will pitch for the Pirates on Saturday against RHP Corey Kluber (3-4, 3.46).

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