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MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Washington 4

June 19, 2012 at 11:22 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- Carlos Pena and Elliot Johnson each drove in two runs in a big third inning Tuesday that carried the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-4 interleague win over Washington.

With the Rays trailing 2-1 entering the frame, Desmond Jennings drew a leadoff walk from Chien-Ming Wang (2-3) and Pena followed by smashing an 0-1 pitch deep over the center field wall.

Later in the inning Ben Zobrist and Jose Lobaton were aboard with two outs and Johnson belted a Wang offering high off the left-field wall for a two-run triple.

David Price (9-4) earned the victory despite allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits in a seven-inning start. The left-hander walked one and struck out four as the Rays claimed the opener of a three-game series.

Wang ended up yielding five runs on seven hits, lasting only 3 1/3 innings.

Michael Morse hit a two-run homer and Ian Desmond added a solo shot for National League East-leading Washington, which fell to 0-4 on a six-game homestand.

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