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There were three ninth inning rallies today

Brandon Allen

Tampa Bay Rays’ Brandon Allen reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting the game-winning two-run walk off home run off Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jordan Walden during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 26, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won 4-3. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


Sure, the Giants’ win over the Reds had an assist from a bad call by an ump, but it still counts as a ninth inning rally. As does the Heath Bell meltdown Aaron described earlier.

But those weren’t the only two. The Rays turned their caps inside out or whatever the hell passes for a rally cap these days and pulled victory from the jaws of defeat in the ninth themselves, beating the Angels 4-3.

The Angels led 3-2 as the bottom of the ninth began. But then B.J. Upton singled and Joe Maddon sent Brandon Allen up to pinch hit for Jose Molina. The result: Ball, ball, strike, strike, BOOM. A 443-foot homer to win the game. Jordan Walden never even recorded an out.

The Angels are now 6-13. They are nine games back of the Rangers, for the largest deficit of any team in baseball.