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Shaffer homers in 7th, Rays rally again to beat Mets

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Richie Shaffer hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and the Tampa Bay Rays once again rallied from an early three-run deficit, beating the New York Mets 4-3 Sunday.

For the second straight day, the Rays quickly fell behind 3-0 to the NL East leaders.

Shaffer’s third hit in three at-bats against Bartolo Colon (10-11) was a solo shot into the left-field seats. Shaffer entered with one hit — a homer — in seven at-bats this season.

John Jaso drove in three runs for the Rays, who reached the .500 mark at 56-56.

Xavier Cedeno (2-1) pitched a scoreless seventh while Jake McGee got three outs to pick up his sixth save.

The Mets have lost two straight following a seven-game winning streak.