HOUSTON, TX – Evan Longoria has knocked a double to the left side of the field during the ninth inning, hitting for the cycle and making a 6-4 win against the Houston Astros. The third baseman hit the 2nd cycle in all of Tampa Bay history with the first cycle by Melvin Upton Jr. on October 2, 2009. He was also the 6th player to hit a cycle in this MLB season.
Longoria was first ruled out, but after a review by the crew chief, the call was overturned. The replay showed that before Jose Altuve applied the tag, he was already able to reach the corner of the bag. Longoria raised his hand in triumph after completing the almost-never-was cycle, and most of the Rays players behind the railing also stood up and cheered after the call was reversed.
Longoria has finished with 3 RBIs which has helped the crucial road win over the Rays after they had lost four to five games and had fallen six games back on the loss column. Chris Archer, Ray’s starter has allowed six hits, four runs, and has struck out five in the 6-plus innings which gave him his first win since July 4.
Logan Morrison has hit a solo homer and finished the game with two RBIs. First baseman Lucas Duda has also doubled with only one out during the third inning just before Longoria his first triple of the season which gave the Rays a 4-0 lead.
With Ray’s victory, the team has now moved forward to just 1.5 games back from the Royals aiming for both the second and also the final Wild Card spot.
Longoria, being a 3-time All-Star player is having a solid season with his 65 RBIs, 17 homers, and batting .276/.328/.429. Still, he needs to keep this pace for when the Tampa Bay Rays play against the Red Sox and Yankees which are both trade deadline active buyers.