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Allen's start with Rays: two pinch-hit appearances, two winning efforts

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Brandon Allen made a good first impression on the Tampa Bay Rays -- and an even better second impression.

In his Tampa Bay debut Wednesday, he entered as an eighth-inning pinch hitter and drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the decisive run in the Rays' 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. On Thursday afternoon, he hit a pinch-hit, walk-off two-run homer to give the Rays a 4-3 win and as series sweep.

"It was amazing. Everybody wants that moment, and I'm thankful I got it," Allen said.

The Rays had already taking a liking to Allen based on what manager Joe Maddon called "A-plus-plus" makeup. Then he delivered two wins.

"Just conversationally, he's made a great impression already," Maddon said. "And then to do this, to basically win two games for us two nights in a row, is pretty special."

Allen's blast -- a massive shot to right estimated at 431 feet -- came in his first official at-bat for the Rays, and his first since April 7, when he was with Oakland before being placed on waivers.

"It's all joy right now," Allen said.

Allen had gone 0-for-7 in three games for the A's this year.
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