Rays Down Cuba in Historic Game

Cuba outhit the Rays 9 to 5 but the Rays won the game 4-1. The big blow was the James Loney two run homerun in the fourth inning. Loney also drove in the first run with a single in the second inning, following a Kevin Kiermaier double.

The game began with a lead off at bat from Cuban defector Dayron Varona, who was making his return to Cuba after defecting a couple years ago with 55,000 Cuban fans in Latino American stadium giving him a welcome back cheer. Dayron popped out to begin the game knowing his bat would be going to the Hall of Fame.

The Rays pitchers bent but did not break. Matt Moore, trying to recover from a poor season last year after coming back from Tommy John surgery pitched the first six innings and prevented the Cubans from crossing the plate. He gave up six hits and walked one. Ryan Webb and Xavier Cedeno each threw a shutout inning. It was Alex Colome who gave up the first run with a solo shot to Rudy Reyes in he ninth.

The Rays scored their last run in the seventh after a walk to Mikie Mahtook, a stolen base and a single by Steve Pearce. Pearce had replaced Loney at first base, giving the position all four RBIs in the game.

President Obama was greeted by Yankee great Derek Jeter as he arrived at the game. He only stayed for three innings, with the whole Cuban bench coming to the home plate area to tip their cap to him prior to his departure.

The box score for the game can be found at the link below:

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