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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Rays went from last year’s pitiful loser to the World Series. And it has just gotten more extraordinary.

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The Rays have been a team that can conjure magic from nowhere. Just weeks ago, the Bucs were down 3-1 in their first-round series against Texas. A couple of days later, they had a 7-1 lead. The Rangers rallied for a 5-7 win in 10 innings. Those were the memories jogging through the minds of all of the Rays.

Then, on Friday, they played a 13-inning contest against Boston. With two outs in the bottom of the 12th, James Roberts hit a game-winning home run. Then on Saturday, Steven Souza Jr. hit a winning home run. Then on Sunday, during an intermission in the 10th inning, Jesus Sucre hit a tying home run.

And on Monday, with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Kevin Kiermaier hit a game-winning home run. And then on Tuesday, in Game 5, Brad Miller hit a game-winning home run. What have we here?

That was the case once again, as the Rays came from behind to beat the Dodgers, 4-3, in Game 5 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

The Rays’ win feels like a cruel joke. The Rays were in the World Series two years ago, and in 2015 they had a shot to sweep the Cubs before falling in Game 7. But in 2018, they were swept by the Red Sox and all season they had been almost exactly what they were last year. That was the dry spell.

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