ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- Facing a suspension after his involvement in a benches-clearing brawl,
provided a knockout punch.
Kendall's tiebreaking, two-out, two-run single highlighted a four-run eighth inning as the
rallied for a 9-5 victory over the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
in the rubber game of their interleague series.
were ejected from Saturday's game for inciting a benches-clearing brawl. After being hit by a pitch in the fourth inning, Anderson argued with catcher Kendall as he walked up the first base line. Anderson used his forearm to knock off Kendall's mask, causing the benches and bullpens to empty.
On Sunday, both were major players in Pittsburgh's four-run eighth, which featured two errors by the
. Anderson booted a grounder by
to start the inning and
followed with a single to right.
Anderson made another fielding miscue on a bunt by
, failing to cover first base in time after pitcher
(2-4) fielded the bunt. Sanders was credited with a bunt single on the play, loading the bases.
However, the Pirates nearly failed to score.
hit a shallow fly ball to center and
popped out to second before Kendall lined a 2-2 pitch to right field which cleared the bases when outfielder
let the ball go under his glove for an error. Kendall raced all the way to third on the error.
"It came at a good time," said Kendall, who was hitless in his first four at-bats. "We just wanted to put Saturday's incident behind us and we did. We needed that win."
capped the inning with an RBI double down the left field line. Wilson went 3-for-5 with three RBI, including a game-tying, two-run double in the seventh inning. He went 8-for-14 with five doubles and six RBI.
"I just got on a roll in this series," Wilson said. "Hopefully, I can keep this up."
was understandably incensed with his team's defensive breakdowns in the eighth inning.
"We gave them the ballgame, just gave it to them," Piniella said. "I don't know what happened in that inning (eighth). You saw it. You describe it. I'm not going to. Outside of that, it was a fine Father's Day."
entered in the ninth with runners on first and second and two outs and promptly hit
with a pitch to load the bases. Fittingly, Anderson grounded out to second to end the game, giving Williams his 18th save.
"We came up with some clutch hits and the bullpen did a great job," said Pirates manager
. "It's good to win a series again. We had a stretch there where we played well and didn't get the wins."
A day after four players were ejected in the benches-clearing brawl, there were no altercations on Sunday.
and Hall were both hit by pitches in the ninth, but no warnings were issued by the umpires.
"I lost my concentration," said Torres, who threw three scoreless innings before being roughed up for four runs and six hits in the fourth. "There were some balls I really wanted and didn't get them and I let it affect me."
Making his third major league start, Tampa Bay's
allowed just two hits in the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth.
lined a two-run double over the head of center fielder
on an 0-2 pitch and scored on a double by Stairs in the sixth inning, pulling the Pirates within 4-3.
Grieve singled home
in the bottom of the sixth before Wilson tied the game with a two-run double off
in the seventh.
It was just Pittsburgh's second win in 29 games when trailing after six innings.