Jose Siri’s Two-run Homer in the Ninth Inning Gives the Rays a Comeback Win Over the Braves, Preventing a Series Sweep

José Alexander Siri (Tampa Bay Rays/MLB)

Jose Siri’s ninth-inning heroics lifted the Tampa Bay Rays to an 8-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, avoiding a three-game sweep. Siri’s two-run homer off Raisel Iglesias was the decisive blow, following a thrilling game that saw the Rays come back from a 6-2 deficit.

Ben Rortvedt’s grand slam in the fourth inning gave the Rays a 6-2 lead, but the Braves fought back with Austin Riley’s two-run homer in the eighth, tying the game at 6-6. In the ninth, Siri’s 416-foot blast to left-center field sealed the win for the Rays.

Jose Siri hits tiebreaking 2 (Tampa Bay Rays/MLB)

Rays manager Kevin Cash praised his team’s effort, saying, “Wins are tough to come by…we are feeling it right now.” Pete Fairbanks earned his 10th save in 11 chances, despite a nervy ninth inning.

The Braves’ rookie starter, Hurston Waldrep, struggled again, allowing six runs in 3 1/3 innings. He was sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett after the game. Matt Olson extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and Jarred Kelenic and Travis d’Arnaud also homered for the Braves.

The Rays’ win was a welcome relief after a tough stretch, and Siri’s walk-off homer was a thrilling moment for the team. As teammate Ben Rortvedt said, “He’s electric…it’s a lot of fun to watch.”