LOS ANGELES - Joe Maddon said in his mind's eye he saw Josh Lueke getting the final four outs Friday night and the Tampa Bay Rays celebrating a victory in their first ever game at Dodger Stadium. But Lueke faced two batters and didn't record an out. That forced Maddon to do something he wanted to avoid - using Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney. After all, the Rays cruised through the first seven innings and had a five-run lead with two outs in the eighth. Then things fell apart in a big way. The Dodgers scored six runs in their last two at-bats, including four in the ninth inning, and rallied for a 7-6 victory in front of 51,083 at the famed venue in Chavez Ravine. "I can't believe that just happened," Peralta said. Believe it. The Rays lost for the third straight time on this five-game road trip and missed out on an opportunity to pick up a game on the Boston Red Sox to close within a game of the division leaders. Rodney blew his second straight save opportunity. What's more, with the score tied in the ninth inning, he appeared to induce an inning-ending and potentially game-saving double play grounder back to the mound but threw the ball into center field as Adrian Gonzalez raced home from second with the winning run. Rodney said he didn't see shortstop Yunel Escobar or second baseman Ryan Roberts covering the base. "I throw the ball because I think maybe we'll have somebody there," he said. "I throw the ball right to the base." No one was there, though with the way the Rays bullpen was struggling (14 runs in the last two games) and the momentum clearly with the Dodgers, it probably didn't matter. "We had command of that game. We definitely played well enough to win until the ninth inning and we did not," Maddon said. "You got to give them credit for coming back. Three-run lead in the ninth inning with Fernando we're normally in pretty good shape." The Rays appeared to be in great shape, actually. They led 6-0 after five innings, and David Price seemed well on his way to his sixth victory in seven starts since July 2 when he returned from the disabled list. The Rays took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by James Loney and a two-run single by Yunel Escobar. It wasn't the best inning for the Dodgers defense as Jerry Hariston, Jr., playing left field in place of Carl Crawford, let a fly ball by Wil Myers drop in for a hit, and shortstop Nick Punto made an error on a grounder by Ben Zobrist. The Rays added three more runs in the fifth to increase their lead to 6-0. Sean Rodriguez singled and went to third on a double off the wall in left-center field by Evan Longoria. With first base open and one out, Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano walked Myers to face Zobrist, and Zobrist lined a single to center field that scored Rodriguez. Escobar then singled in two more runs to chase Capuano. Two streaks came to an end in the seventh inning. Price walked Hairston, just the second walk issued by Price since returning from the disabled list, snapping a run of 35 1/3 innings without a walk. Also, Longoria committed a throwing error that prevented the Rays from tying the franchise mark of 10 straight errorless games. The error led to the Dodgers' first run of the night. But everything still appeared fine. Myers, playing opposite Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers much-heralded rookie outfielder, was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Loney, the former Dodger playing his first game at Dodger Stadium since the trade last August that sent him to Boston, had three hits and those two RBIs. The Rays bullpen, which allowed eight runs in Wednesday's loss at Arizona, was fresh after Thursday's off day. Yet they were about to give up six more runs. Jake McGee started the eighth inning. He walked a batter and got two outs before Maddon called for Lueke. Lueke, recalled Friday from Triple-A Durham to replace Kyle Farnsworth, allowed an RBI double to Puig and walked the next batter. That forced Maddon to use Peralta. "(Stinks). Plain and simple. There's nothing else you can say," Lueke said. "It was a horse-(bleep) effort. I went out there and didn't execute the whole plan, which is to get ahead strike one with the off-speed, and fell behind from there. I threw a pitch right into (Puig's) bat path and he hit that down (the right field) line. "I fell behind (Juan) Uribe then I got squeezed a little bit because I didn't have command of the zone and the ump didn't give me anything." Maddon said he wanted to avoid using Peralta and Rodney because he felt he shouldn't need them, not with a five-run lead and only four outs to go. "I wanted Lueke to finish the game, actually," Maddon said. "He comes in and two righties were coming up, so I like the idea of a five-run lead to avoid Joel and Fernando in that game. The thought process there was to have him face Puig, hopefully get him out and start the ninth inning, too. "That's the kind of moment that he has to accomplish here." The Rays have struggled this season finding that third arm to go with McGee and Peralta for high-leverage seventh- or eighth-inning situations. That's why Farnsworth was designated for assignment and one reason why Lueke was called up. Lueke had 14 saves with the Bulls. "In my mind's eye Josh is very capable of getting four outs and finishing that game," Maddon said. "This is his first time back. I'm fine with it. He's got a great arm, a great future. It just didn't want to work out." Still, as Maddon pointed out, the Rays led 6-3 in the ninth, and Rodney had converted 18 straight save opportunities before he coughed one up Wednesday to the Diamondbacks. Rodney said he made only one bad pitch in the ninth, the one Skip Schumaker lined into center field to start the inning. Rodney struck out pinch-hitter Dee Gordon, but the Dodgers got things going when Mark Ellis tripled past a diving Zobrist in left field. Punto doubled home Ellis to make it a one-run game. Gonzalez doubled home Punto to tie the score at 6-6. Rodney walked Puig to set up the double play, then appeared to have gotten exactlyl that double play grounder when Uribe bounced the ball right to him. But his throw ended up in center field and the Dodgers celebrated their fifth walk-off win of the year. "We did everything we needed to do to win that game. They beat us in the ninth," Maddon said. "It's no fun, I'll tell you that. It was a problem we had early in the season. That kind of loss bothered us early in the season. But we got to come back and play a day game (today). "You got to put this in the wastebasket as quickly as possible and come back and play (today)."