Rays finally win a lop-sided decision vs. Rangers

by Gary Shelton on April 17, 2018 · 0 comments

in Tampa Bay Bucs, Tampa Bay Rays

Smith continued his hot streak with four more hits for Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

Smith continued his hot streak with four more hits for Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

Tuesday, 3 a.m.

So this is what it's like other places.

The hitting clicks. The pitching dominates. The defense is good. The team wins ...by a lot.

Ease finally came fo the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night in an 8-4 -- yes, 8-4 -- victory over the Texas Rangers. Prior to the game, the Rays had won just three times -- one by two runs and two by one run

Snell had one of his sharpest starts against Texas./JEFFREY S. KING

Snell had one of his sharpest starts against Texas./JEFFREY S. KING

Not Monday night, however. Starting pitcher Blake Snell gave up only five hits in 6 1/3 innings and walked no one. Mallex Smith was four-for-four and lifted his average to .409. And the Rays jumped to an 8-1 lead in their biggest win of the season.

The Rays are still just 4-12, and still  at the bottom of the AL East, but for a day, it was a respite. The team collected 13 hits. and took a 5-1 lead after two innings.

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Robertson makes a play on a hard shot to third./JEFFREY S. KING

Robertson makes a play on a hard shot to third./JEFFREY S. KING

"We had a lot of good at bats," said Rays' manager Kevin Cash. "It was  a full-team effort. A lot of guys came through with guys in scoring position. Hopefully, it carries over tomorrow. It was a  feel-good win for everybody given what's taken place the last week."

Snell had one of his sharpest outings in improving his record to 2-1, much

Ramos had three hits for Tampa Bay./JEFFREY S. KING

Ramos had three hits for Tampa Bay./JEFFREY S. KING

better than in his last start.

"I didn't want to nit pick him, but he's getting to to that point where's it's okay to be a little more critical than we have been in the past," Cash said. "He took the information well.. He had plenty in the tank."

Wilson Ramos had three hits, including a two-run single. C.J. Cron had two hits, including a home run.

In his last seven games, Smith is hitting .536. Cash said he hopes that filling in for injured Kevin Kiermaier (out 8-12 weeks) will help him sharpen his

Crom rounds first base after a home run./JEFFREY S. KING

Cron rounds first base after a home run./JEFFREY S. KING

defensive skills and become a complete player.

Matt Duffy had to leave the game after tweaking a hamstring. He is listed as day-to-day

The Rays have scheduled  a bullpen day on Tuesday when they host the Rangers at Tropicana Field.  Yonny Chirinos, who has not given up a run in 14 1/3 innings, will start for the Rays against former Tampa Bay pitcher Matt Moore.  Gametime is 7:10 p.m.

After tweaking a hamstring, Duffy leaves the game./JEFFREY S. KING

After tweaking a hamstring, Duffy leaves the game./JEFFREY S. KING

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