“It feels really good to be able to break the record and be on top of that record board,” Arozarena said through a translator. “But the most important thing is that we got the win and we came out victorious in such a tough game like today.”
His third hit of the night, a single leading off the sixth, set up Brandon Lowe’s three-run homer that sparked the seesaw final four innings.
The only time Arozarena didn’t reach base was in the seventh, when his inning-ending double play in the seventh came two batters after Kevin Kiermaier’s tying solo homer.
Then came probably Arozarena’s most important at-bat, when the Tampa Bay sparkplug drew a seven-pitch walk off closer Kenley Jansen with two outs in the ninth — Arozarena coolly took a close pitch with two strikes that was just a tad outside.
That set up the dramatic game-ending sequence on Brett Phillips’ RBI single.
Center fielder Chris Taylor bobbled the hit, chased after the ball and threw toward the plate as Arozarena rounded…