Rays win again despite Colome’s shaky finish

by Gary Shelton on April 11, 2018 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Snell allowed only one hit through six innings./CARMON MANDATO

Snell allowed only one hit through six innings./JEFFREY S. KING

Wednesday, 3 a.m.

Miracle of miracles, what we have here is a winning streak.

Two games worth.

Whee.

The Tampa Bays followed a familiar pattern to its second straight win, and third of the season, on Tuesday in a 6-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The Rays hit the ball decently, again, and held on in the ninth behind Alex Colome, again, for the victory.

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Gomez had two hits, including a double./CARMEN MANDATO

Gomez had two hits, including a double./CARMEN MANDATO

Blake Snell threw a one hitter (a no-hitter into the fifth) but walked five.

The Rays had 11 hits. In their last three games, the team has 36 hits.

It came down to the ninth inning, where Colome was shaky once again. He gave up a three-run homer, a walk and then a hard liner to right to end the game and earn his third save.

Robertson lifted his average to .316./CARMEN MANDATO

Robertson lifted his average to .316./CARMEN MANDATO

"Alex is not right as we’ve seen him in the past," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He got the job done. Coming off of eight  losses, it doesn’t matter.

"He's falling behind. I don't think it’s a location issue. He’s just off for whatever reason. If we had the answer, we’d communicate with him about it."

Cash was pleased with most of Snell's outing.

"I thought he was good," Cash said. "W.e needed a good start from him ... but if we’re being honest, there was some good and there was some not so good. The strikeouts were great. The pitch efficiency we’ve got to get better. We have to do better as an entire staff.

"We needed a quality start from him and we got it.  I think it was good for Blake to get deep in that game. Blake needs to be a mature pitcher."

For the Rays, Carlos Gomez, Mallex Smith and Daniel Robertson all had two hits.

The Rays play the White Sox again today at 2:10 p.m. Yonny Chirinos will pitch against former Ray James Shields.

 

 

 

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