CHICAGO – Kevin Kiermaier, who entered the game in the eighth inning, drove in the game-winning run with a single in the 10th to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
Desmond Jennings went 2 for 5 with a homer and Ben Zobrist went 3 for 5 as Tampa Bay won its second straight.
Brad Boxberger (3-1) blew the save in the ninth, but pitched a perfect 10th to get the win. Hector Rondon (3-4) took the loss.
Jennings started the game-winning rally with a one-out single and advance to third when Zobrist singled. Kiermaier, who went 1 for 2, singled to center to score Jennings and break the 3-3 tie.
In his Wrigley Field debut, touted Cubs prospect Javier Baez went 1 for 5 with a run scored and four strikeouts.
Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada allowed two runs and four hits in six-plus innings, while Rays starter Chris Archer allowed two runs (one earned) and five hits in six innings.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first when Starlin Castro singled to drive in Baez. Tampa Bay tied it on Jennings’ leadoff homer in the third.
John Baker singled in a run in the fourth for a 2-1 Cubs lead.
Following Jennings’ homer, Wada retired 12 straight batters before first baseman Sean Rodriguez led off the seventh with a triple down the right-field line. Manager Rick Renteria brought in right-hander Brian Schlitter to face Yunel Escobar.
With the infield playing in, Escobar grounded out to shortstop for the first out with Rodriguez holding. Catcher Curt Casali, the next hitter, grounded out to shortstop, but this time Rodriguez broke for the plate and just beat the throw from Castro to tie the score.
The Rays took a 3-2 lead in the eighth on a two-out pinch-hit by Matt Joyce, but the Cubs tied in the ninth when Ryan Sweeney singled to drive in Justin Ruggiano from second base with one out.
Rays: Outfielder Wil Myers (fractured right hand) is expected to begin a minor league rehab stint this weekend. He has missed 60 games through Friday with the injury.
Cubs: Right-hander Neil Ramirez (triceps soreness) is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.
Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi (7-9, 4.09) takes on Edwin Jackson (6-11, 5.66) in the second game of the series on Saturday.