ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Steve Pearce hit one of four Tampa Bay homers, a go-ahead three-run shot in the sixth inning, and the Rays beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 on Wednesday night.
Brandon Guyer, Steven Souza Jr. and Curt Casali added solo home runs for the Rays, who went 4-4 on an eight-game homestand.
Pearce chased Alex Wood (1-3) with his third homer this season to put Tampa Bay ahead 5-2. Pearce has all three over a 17 at-bat span.
Guyer homered in the first. Casali went deep during a three-run seventh as the Rays took an 8-2 lead.
Ramirez (5-1) went two scoreless innings to get the win. Alex Colome pitched the ninth and picked up his sixth save.
The Rays entered hitting a majors-low .221, but have 34 homers. 47 of their 90 runs have scored on home runs.
Los Angeles scored three runs in the eighth after loading the bases with no outs to cut the deficit to 8-5. Chase Utley and Corey Seager both drove in a run with a walk, and Joc Pederson had a sacrifice fly.
Wood allowed five runs and six hits, including three homers, in five-plus innings. He had given up just one homer over 28 innings this year entering the game.
After the Dodgers tied it on a fourth-inning RBI single by Yasmani Grandal, Souza put the Rays up 2-1 in the bottom of the inning on his sixth homer.
Souza is 3 for his last 23, including 12 strikeouts. He left the game during an at-bat in the sixth due to a spasm in his pectoral muscle.
Los Angeles pulled even at 2 during the sixth when Yasiel Puig scored on reliever Erasmo Ramirez's wild pitch.
Drew Smyly allowed two runs and five hits over five-plus innings for the Rays.
Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left shoulder surgery) and RHP Brandon McCarthy (Tommy John surgery) will throw off a mound Thursday in Los Angeles. . OF Scott Van Slyke (lower back irritation) will start baseball activity at the end of the week and could be back in early June.
Rays: RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery), who could return this season, expects to add change ups to his bullpen sessions next week. Cobb and RHP Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) both threw fastballs off a mound Wednesday.
Rays DH Corey Dickerson went 0 for 4 and is in a career-long 0 for 23 slide. Teammate Desmond Jennings singled in the eighth to stop a hitless stretch of 26 at-bats. "We do have some guys struggling, but I think the worst thing you can do is run from them," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (3-1) and Blue Jays opening day starter Marcus Stroman (4-0) are scheduled to pitch Friday night in the opener of a three-game interleague series in Toronto.
Rays: RHP Chris Archer (1-4) will face Los Angeles Angels RHP Garrett Richards (1-3) Friday night as Tampa Bay begins a stretch of 14 of 17 games on the road.
(© Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
for more features.