Pena, Longoria notch first Series hits
Rays sluggers end slumps off Hamels in fourth frame of Game 5
PHILADELPHIA -- Their club standing one loss from elimination, Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria of the Rays logged their first hits of the World Series in the fourth inning of Game 5.
Longoria and Pena entered the game a combined 0-for-29 in the World Series, with 15 strikeouts. That slump continued to 0-for-31 when Pena was retired leading off the second inning on a bunt attempt and Longoria flew out to center field for the second out.
After the Rays' Game 4 loss, Longoria said the only way to get out of a slump is to keep swinging.
"We're going to come out of it, or we're not going to come out of it," Longoria said. "Whether or not we do or we don't, we have to keep swinging the bat. If we do and this thing turns around for us, it'll be a great feeling. We'll know that we accomplished something. But at the same time, if it doesn't turn, we've got to go down knowing we did everything we could."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.