Tellez hits HR, Adames wins single, Brews beats Rays

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MILWAUKEE — Rowdy Tellez hit a tying homer in the ninth inning and made a key defensive play in the 10th, setting up Willy Adames’ late-game RBI single that gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday.

Adames had struck out in his previous three at-bats before returning to 10th after an intentional walk to Christian Yelich. His ground run off Ryan Thompson (3-3) passed diving shortstop Taylor Walls and tagged auto-runner Tyrone Taylor from second base.

“I’m still excited,” Adames said of Yelich’s free pass. “It pisses me off a bit. I have to do it now.

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said, “I still think it does something for the hitter, kinda. It means they want to face you, and I just think it gives you a bit more. You have a tough day, but you have a chance to win the game, and it’s a brand new batting game and a brand new game.

Milwaukee completed a two-game sweep of Tampa Bay and moved within half a game of NL Central-leading St. Louis, who played Colorado on Wednesday night. The Brewers are 3-5 since closing on Josh Hader in San Diego at the deadline.

The Rays fell even with division rival Baltimore for the AL’s latest wild card.

In the top of the 10th, first baseman Tellez fielded Walls’ grounder and threw to third to down autorunner Francisco Mejía. Receiver Victor Caratini then threw Walls trying to steal the second.

Devin Williams (3-2) ended the inning by retiring Jose Siri.

Tellez, who entered as a pinch hitter in the sixth, led the ninth with his 23rd homer, a center drive from Colin Poche that made it 3-3.

“I played against him a few times. I think I never had success. I think I hit every time,” Tellez said. “Really, in that 3-2 count, I really wanted to see something in the zone and try to hit a ball the other way, hit a line, just go on base, start the inning. I was able to put a good swing on it. The ball was executed.

Randy Arozarena hit his first homer since July 17, a 431-foot shot off Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff in the seventh that put the Rays ahead 3-2. Yu Chang homered in the fifth against Woodruff, who allowed three runs on four hits in seven innings.

With Tampa Bay leading 3-2 in the eighth, Milwaukee reliever Hoby Milner came on with the bases loaded and one out. He retired Brandon Lowe and Isaac Paredes on third strikes called.

“Milner is tough, keeps the ball, but I’d like to think we can put a little pressure on the defense right there with a little bit of contact, but we couldn’t do that,” the Tampa manager said. Bay, Kevin Cash.

Rays starter Jeffrey Springs allowed two runs in five innings while striking out eight.

Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead in the first thanks in part to a pair of softballs that landed singles in shallow left field.

Andrew McCutchen doubled, then scored on Mike Brosseau’s single. Springs was then called for a disallowance as he threw to Hunter Renfroe, walked Renfroe and gave up a Keston Hiura single that tagged Brosseau.

David Peralta got the Rays on the board with an RBI single at third.

Rays: RHP JP Feyereisen (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Thursday after he didn’t feel well the last time he pitched. He has been on the injured list since June 3.

Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser (elbow) has a rehab appearance for Triple-A Nashville on Thursday.

Milwaukee ended Tampa Bay’s fourth inning when Adames entered the hole between shortstop and third to catch Arozarena’s grounder, planted hard and threw two hoppers first at Hiura. Hiura had to stretch to right field to recover the ball before landing on both hands while keeping one foot on the bag. … Brewers center fielder Tyrone Taylor ran to his left and made a headlong dive to snatch a line drive from Mejía in the fifth. … Center fielder Siri did a somersault and shoulder shimmy after diving to catch a sinking Yelich liner in the fifth.

The Rays have won only one of six series since the All-Star break. Going into Wednesday, they were averaging 3.41 points per game since the break, the last in the AL.

Rays: Host fellow playoff-seeking AL East rival Baltimore for a three-game series starting Friday with Corey Kluber (7-6, 4.05 ERA) on the mound.

Brewers: Open a three-game series in St. Louis starting Friday with LHP Eric Lauer (8-3, 3.59) facing LHP Cardinals Jordan Montgomery (4-3, 3.53).

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