Yandy Diaz hits RBI triple as Rays mount multi-run rally vs Dodgers in World Series Game 5
However, the Rays were not done. In the bottom of the third inning, they tacked on two runs to make it a one-run game. It was Yandy Diaz starting the scoring with an RBI-triple.
The Rays are on the board.
It’s a one-run game. 👀 pic.twitter.com/dOAWhG7HMM
— MLB (@MLB) October 26, 2020
Diaz played primarily third base for Tampa Bay this year. However, on Sunday he was playing first for the Rays. It ended up working to their benefit that they found a way to get him into the lineup.
With Kevin Kiermaier on first base and one out for the Rays, Diaz roped a liner down the right field line. It got past Mookie Betts and the race was on.
Kiermaier crossed the plate to give the Rays their first run of the game. Just as importantly, Diaz was now already on third base with still just one out. He would end up scoring on a single by Randy Arozarena (because of course he would get a hit).
That made the game 3-2. Despite the fact that the Rays did not score another run in the third inning, it was still exactly what they needed. The two runs put Tampa Bay right back into the game, and suddenly anyone can win once again.
Three runs is certainly not insurmountable for the Rays. This Los Angeles team is not one that you want to be spotting runs though, especially with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.
This is the swing game in Dodgers-Rays. Whoever wins takes a 3-2 advantage. That means they will only need one more win to take home the trophy.