Heard this before? Punchless Rays lose again

by Gary Shelton on August 15, 2017 · 0 comments

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Ramos knocked in the Rays only run with a homer./CARMEN MANDATO

Ramos knocked in the Rays only run with a homer./CARMEN MANDATO

Tuesday, 3 a.m.

Alex Colome, the closer for the Tampa Bay Rays, has one save in 12 days.

Lately, there has been no saving the Rays.

Tampa Bay lost for the eighth time in their last 10 games Monday night, absorbing a 2-1 loss to the last-place Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1. The Rays have scored 12 runs in those 10 games. In their last 98 at-bats, the Rays have been held scoreless in 90 of them. Tampa Bay is three-for-its-last 45 at bats with runners in scoring position.

This time, the Rays had but four hits, one of them a home run by Wilson Ramos.

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Odorizzi provided another good start in another loss./CARMEN MANDATO

Odorizzi provided another good start in another loss./CARMEN MANDATO

“I don't have answers,” Rays' manager Kevin Cash said. “I know it's my responsibility to have answers, but I don't have them right now. We hit some balls really hard. We hit some balls really high. We had 4-5 just misses.”

And still, the Rays lost. Earlier in the season, the Rays looked like a very good hitting team, but that seems to have been lost. Tampa Bay has scored two or fewer runs in eight straight games. They fell to fourth after Baltimore's victory, and they're now two games under .500 (59-61) for the first time since June 6.

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Duda had two hits, half of the Rays' total./CARMEN MANDATO

As has been the case with many of the Rays' recent losses, the starting pitching was good. Jake Odorizzi (who seems to give up a homer in almost every game), gave up a first inning blast to Josh Donaldson. After that, however, he stopped the Blue Jays on two hits.

Turns out, two runs was enough for Toronto.

“He cleaned it up pretty quick,” Cash said.

The Rays try again tonight, when Blake Snell (0-6) pitches against Marco Estrada. Game time is 7:07 p.m. in Toronto.

Cash is at a loss for words of the Rays' slump./CARMEN MANDATO

Cash is at a loss for words of the Rays' slump./CARMEN MANDATO

 

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