Rays clobbered again in loss to Rangers

by Gary Shelton on April 18, 2018 · 0 comments

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The bat gets away from Daniel Robertson./CARMEN MANDATO

The bat gets away from Daniel Robertson./CARMEN MANDATO

Wednesday, 4 a.m.

Once again, ouch.

After a night off from losing, the Tampa Bay Rays returned to their doldrums Tuesday night, getting thumped by the Texas Rangers, 7-2. It was the sixth time this season that the Rays lost by at least five runs.

Pitcher Yonny Chirinos, who had not allowed a run all season, gave up six earned runs in his 5 2/3 innings of work. The Rays trailed 2-1 after three innings, but gave up three in the fifth.

“I think it was lack of command," said Rays' manager Kevin Cash. "I asked Kyle (Snyder)how he warmed up and he said he was a little erratic. He’s young. He’s allowed to have a hiccup.

ChIrinos had his toughest outing for Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Chirinos had his toughest outing for Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

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Hechevaria had three hits for the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Hechavarria had three hits for the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

"He did a nice job battling until about the fifth. Then they made an adjustment. Obviously, it was not his best performance for us. He’ll bounce back with the next opportunity. He just couldn’t find the zone with the fb, the split or the slider.”

Ramos hit a home run in the ninth./CARMEN MANDATO

Ramos hit a home run in the ninth./CARMEN MANDATO

Chirinos admitted he wasn't as sharp as he had been.

"It’s not what I was hoping for," Chirinos said. "I had trouble with the sinker. I couldn't locate it."

Adeiny Hechavarria had three hits for the Rays and C.J. Cron had two. Wilson Ramos had a home run.

For the Rangers, Ian Kinsler-Falefa had four hits.

Former Ray Matt Moore had entered the game at 0-3 with an ERA of 8.36. However, the Rays managed just seven hits.

"He threw the ball well," Cash said.  "We let him kind of get in a rhythm. He made some big pitches to get out of innings."

The Rays play an afternoon game against the Rangers today at 1:10 p.m. Jake Faria pitches for the Rays against Cole Hamels.

Smith is unable to come up with a catch./CARMEN MANDATO

Smith is unable to come up with a catch./CARMEN MANDATO

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