ST. LOUIS - For a brief second, Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi could swear he was at Tropicana Field. Odorizzi, pitching 33 miles from his hometown of Highland, Illinois, allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Rays to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. It was the Rays season-high sixth straight win. They have outscored the opposition 36-11 during the run. Odorizzi, pitching in St. Louis for the first time in his career, had as many as 500 supporters in the crowd of 43,623. The group made plenty of noise for its hometown hero when he left the game. "It was pretty loud when I came out," he said. "There were a lot of people standing up. I figured I had to tip my hat to them. I wanted to say thanks to everyone who came out from my town." Evan Longoria added a solo homer in the ninth for Tampa Bay. St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright, making his first appearance since starting for the NL in the All-Star game, gave up six runs, four earned, in 4 2-3 innings. Wainwright (12-5) was trying to become the first 13-game winner in the NL. He walked four and hit a batter in his second-shortest outing of the season. He allowed seven earned runs in 4 1-3 innings in a 9-4 loss to San Francisco on May 30. "That (fifth) inning was a train wreck," Wainwright said. "Its hard to explain things weird like that happening. Every now and then, you have a really crazy inning like that." Manager Mike Matheny agreed, "We just couldnt stop the bleeding," he said. "That inning, he just couldnt get through it." Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday hit solo home runs for the Cardinals. But the night belonged to Odorizzi, who gave up five hits, struck out eight and walked three in improving to 4-1 over his last seven starts. He has allowed three earned runs or less in 15 of 20 starts this season. He gave up a leadoff homer to Carpenter on his fifth pitch of the night and then settled down with four successive scoreless innings. "I was nervous in the first," he said. "But things got better." Odorizzi said his defence supplied the turning point. After giving up the homer, he walked Kolten Wong. But catcher Jose Molina threw out Wong stealing. Desmond Jennings then made a nice running catch in centre field. Odorizzi took over from there giving up two hits over the next four frames. "He was a little amped early," manager Joe Maddon said. "But then he started making some great pitches." Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney said Odorizzi displayed his character in battling back. "It just shows you what kind of guy he is," Loney said. The Rays won their seventh successive road game, one shy of tying the franchise record. Odorizzi outduelled Wainwright in a rematch of a June 10 game that the Cardinals won 1-0. The Rays sent 10 batters to the plate in chasing Wainwright in the fifth. Matt Joyce broke a 1-1 tie with a run-scoring double. Wainwright, who walked three, hit a batter and committed a costly error in the inning, walked Loney one batter later with the bases loaded. Escobar followed with a ground-rule double to push the lead to 5-1. Odorizzi, in his first major league at-bat, executed a perfect squeeze bunt in the second. Maddon was ejected in the third inning by home plate umpire Mark Ripperger. Maddon was arguing a called third strike on Ben Zobrist from the dugout. It was Maddons fourth ejection of the season and 36th with the Rays. "It was a misunderstanding," Maddon said. "Their pitcher started yelling at (our) dugout and Im yelling back at him and the umpire thinks Im yelling at the umpire and he kicks me out." Wainwright admitted to barking toward the Rays bench. But he said he was ready to continue pitching and was upset that Maddon continued to command Rippergers attention. "It was the first time I ever did that," Wainwright said. "I was ready to pitch and I thought it was time for us to move on and I said so." NOTES: Carpenters homer leading off the game was his second of the season and fourth of his career. It broke an 0-for-13 skid. ... Struggling St. Louis OF Allen Craig started consecutive games for the first time since July 5. ...Tampa Bay is making only its second trip to St. Louis. The Cardinals won two of three from the Rays May 16-18, 2008. ... Maddon batted Odorizzi eighth in the batting order to keep OF Kevin Kiermaier in the No. 9 hole. Kiermaier is 12 for 23 in his last eight games. ... Cardinals RHP Lance Lynn (11-6, 3.13) will face RHP Alex Cobb (5-6, 4.08) in the finale of the two-game series Wednesday. ... Odorizzi is second among AL rookies with 124 strikeouts. http://www.soccerbelgiumfansshop.com/Zakaria-Bakkali-UEFA-European-Belgium-Jersey/
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We gave up a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter," defensive end Jared Allen said. "I dont have a sister, but Im going to say its like going to prom with your sister." For a while, the match was full of heart-racing drama. Mason Crosby hit from 20 yards at 10:28 of the extra period and Blair Walsh connected from 35 with 3:54 left. Greg Jennings, playing his first game at Lambeau Field as a member of the Vikings (3-8-1), dropped a third-down pass with 2:11 left. The Packers (5-5-1) also stumbled on their next possession. One last chance for the Vikings went nowhere with 1 second left, and the teams walked off with the first tie in the NFL since the Rams and 49ers ended 24-24 on Nov. 11, 2012. At least the 77,000-plus frigid fans got to witness a bit of history -- this was first game to end in a tie under the new overtime rule instituted last year that continues the extra period if both teams open it with field goals. A touchdown by either team would have ended the game. Jacksonville and Houston both kicked field goals to open OT in a game on Nov. 18, 2012, then the Texans won it with a touchdown. "I think to everybody around here, it feels like a loss, for sure," Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk said. The Packers are also in unfamiliar territory with so much instability at quarterback. Its been that way since Rodgers -- perhaps the most irreplaceable player in the NFL -- hurt his left collarbone on the first series of a 27-20 loss to the Bears on Nov. 4 that started the winless string. Flynn, Rodgers former backup who was re-signed last week, replaced the ineffective Scott Tolzien and finishhed 21 of 36 for 218 yards and a touchdown.dddddddddddd He nearly led Green Bay back from a 23-7 deficit early in the fourth quarter to a win. Flynn caught a break in overtime after a third-down sack was called off by a holding penalty on Vikings safety Robert Blanton. He followed with three long completions, including a 34-yarder to the leaping Jarrett Boykin to the 7. Two runs by Eddie Lacy (110 yards on 25 carries) got the Packers to the 2, but Flynn misfired on third down to set up Crosbys kick. Adrian Peterson had 146 yards and a score on 32 carries. He and Toby Gerhart (91 yards on eight carries) dented the Packers worn defence in overtime, but could not get in the end zone. The Vikings settled for Walshs kick. That was it for the scoring. The fans bundled up in parkas and knit caps to brave temperatures in the upper teens had to settle for a draw. Some positives for the Packers: a maligned defence stopped two late fourth-quarter drives; Lacys running; Flynns play in relief. And the tie being less damaging than a loss would have been in the division race. "Looking at the guys eyes in the huddle, I dont think there was any doubt," Flynn said. "Im proud of the guys for fighting, but we just have to finish." Things looked bleak for them early in the fourth quarter after Walshs 29-yard field gave Minnesota 23-7 lead. Up to that point, Christian Ponder was the best quarterback on the field. He connected with Rhett Ellison for a 12-yard touchdown pass that helped give the Vikings build a 16 point lead. Ponder finished 21 of 30 for 233 yards. Maybe the quarterback carousel has finally come to a halt in Minnesota, though afterward Ponder was focused on a missed opportunity. "We let it get out of our hands," he said. "Its unfortunate were not walking away with our third victory." Notes: Jennings was booed heartily by Packers fans after the first of his two catches, totalling 29 yards. ... Audie Cole finished with 13 tackles and a sack starting for leading tackler and MLB Erin Henderson, who missed the game for a personal matter. ... CB Sam Shields missed a second straight game for the Packers with a hamstring injury. ... 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