A.J. Burnett was cruising along through five innings, having held the Tampa Bay Rays having allowed just three hits and one run (a solo homer by Johnny Damon) and enjoying a 5-1 lead thanks to Curtis Granderson's three-run bomb in the fifth.
Then came the sixth, and cruise turned to crach. First. Sam Fuld hit a two-run homer with none out to cut the lead to 5-3. But Burnett came back to get two quick outs, including a strikeout of Damon. But he couldn;t hold off Bad A.J. for long. Evan Longoria singled and went to second on a wild pitch. Then Matt Joyce singled Longoria home to make it a 5-4 game. Next, Burnett was about two feet wide of Russell Martin's glove with a fastball, sending Joyce to second. Finally, B.J. Upton crushed one into the left-field seats and the implosion was complete. Rays went up 6-5, and both A.J.s, the Good and the Bad, headed for the showers. Rays still up 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh, Boone Logan now pitching.
To add insult, this is the first time all season the Rays have scored more than five runs at home, a stretch of 22 games exceeded only by the 26-game five-runs-or-less treak posted by the Brooklyn Superbas (later Dodgers) in 1908.