Rowdy Tellez hits tying HR, Adames winning single, Brews beat Rays

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MILWAUKEE — Rowdy Tellez hit a tying homer in the ninth inning and made a key defensive play in the 10th, setting up Willy Adames‘ game-ending RBI single that gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.

Adames had struck out in his previous three at-bats before he came up in the 10th following an intentional walk to Christian Yelich. His grounder off Ryan Thompson (3-3) got past diving shortstop Taylor Walls and scored automatic runner Tyrone Taylor from second base.

“I always get excited,” Adames said about the free pass to Yelich. “It kind of like pumps me up. I’ve got to do it now.”

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said: “I always think that does something for the hitter, a little bit. It means they want to face you, and I just think that gives you a little bit of extra. You’re having a tough day but you have a shot to win the game, and it’s a brand-new at-bat and a brand-new game.”

Milwaukee completed a two-game sweep of Tampa Bay and moved within one-half game of NL Central-leading St. Louis, which was playing at Colorado on Wednesday night. The Brewers are 3-5 since trading closer Josh Hader to San Diego at the deadline.

The Rays fell even with division rival Baltimore for the final AL wild card.

In the top of the 10th, first baseman Tellez fielded Walls’ grounder and threw to third to cut down automatic runner Francisco Mejia. Catcher Victor Caratini then threw out Walls trying to steal second.

Devin Williams (3-2) ended the inning by striking out Jose Siri.

Tellez, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth, led off the ninth with his 23rd homer, a drive to center off Colin Poche that made it 3-3.

“I’ve played against him a couple times. I don’t think I’ve ever got a hit. I think I struck out every single time,” Tellez said. “Really, in that 3-2 count, really just wanted to see something up in the zone and try to hit a ball the other way, hit a line drive, just get on base, start off the inning. I was able to put a good swing on it. The ball carried out.”

Randy Arozarena hit his first homer since July 17, a 431-foot shot off Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff in the seventh that put the Rays ahead 3-2. Yu Chang homered in the fifth off Woodruff, who allowed three runs on four hits in seven innings.

With Tampa Bay leading 3-2 in the eighth, Milwaukee reliever Hoby Milner came on with the bases loaded and one out. He struck out Brandon Lowe and Isaac Paredes on called third strikes.

“Milner’s tough, keeps the ball down, but would like to think that we can put a little pressure on the defense right there with some contact, but we weren’t able to do that,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said.

Rays starter Jeffrey Springs gave up two runs in five innings while striking out eight.

Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead in the first thanks in part to a pair of soft fly balls that landed for singles in shallow left field.

Andrew McCutchen doubled, then scored on Mike Brosseau‘s single. Springs was then called for a balk while pitching to Hunter Renfroe, walked Renfroe, and gave up a single by Keston Hiura that scored Brosseau.

David Peralta got the Rays on the board with an RBI single in the third.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: RHP J.P. Feyereisen (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Thursday after he didn’t feel well his last time throwing. He has been on the injured list since June 3.

Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser (elbow) has a rehabilitation appearance for Triple-A Nashville on Thursday.

TWO-BOUNCER, TWO-HANDER

Milwaukee ended Tampa Bay’s fourth inning when Adames went in the hole between shortstop and third to snag Arozarena’s grounder, planted hard and threw a two-hopper to Hiura at first. Hiura had to stretch toward right field to scoop the ball before landing on both hands while keeping a foot on the bag. … Brewers center fielder Tyrone Taylor ran to his left and did a headlong dive to snatch a line drive from Mejia in the fifth. … Center fielder Siri did a somersault and shoulder shimmy after diving to catch a sinking liner from Yelich in the fifth.

ALL-STAR SLIDE

The Rays have won only one of six series since the All-Star break. Entering Wednesday, the were averaging 3.41 runs per game since the break, last in the AL.

UP NEXT

Rays: Host their fellow playoff-contending AL East rival Baltimore for a three-game series starting Friday with Corey Kluber (7-6, 4.05 ERA) on the mound.

Brewers: Open a three-game series at St. Louis starting Friday with LHP Eric Lauer (8-3, 3.59) facing Cardinals LHP Jordan Montgomery (4-3, 3.53).

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.