ST. PETERSBURG — No player in the Rays’ lineup can quicken the pulse as fast as Randy Arozarena, who bashed two more home runs Wednesday against the Orioles.
They were thundering, majestic flies, his second and third in two days. Seven of his 13 homers this season have come against lowly Baltimore.
Though a small sample size, they conjure memories of his postseason barrage in October and make the mind wonder about what is possible over the final two months of the season.
But it was Arozarena’s perfectly placed single in the ninth inning that continued a rally for the Rays.
“I was thinking home run so we could just finish the game,” he said through interpreter Manny Navarro.
Instead of another dinger from Arozarena, Austin Meadows delivered a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in a 5-4 win. It was the first walkoff hit of Meadows’ major-league career and the 29th come-from-behind win for the Rays this season.
“It was pretty cool,” said Meadows, who leads the Rays with 65 RBIs. “I know I wanted to enjoy the moment there, because I know it goes pretty fast. I started to kind of do the Brett Phillips flying thing, but I don’t know if it worked out too well.
“I didn’t want to run too far. It’s been a long day, so I just kind of jogged a little bit and got pounded by my teammates. It’s a good…