Rays’ six-game winning streak snapped by Ohtani

by Gary Shelton on May 21, 2018 · 0 comments

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Andriese took the defeat for the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Andriese took the defeat for the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Monday, 4 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Rays seem to have their "opener" strategy down.

Now, they just need to work on "seconds."

The Rays had their six-game winning streak ended in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels Sunday. Sergio Romo, the starter for the second straight day for the Rays, threw shutout ball and retired four of the six batters he faced.

But unlike Saturday, when Ryan Yarbrough came in and continued the Rays'

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Duffy had three hits for the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Duffy had three hits for the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

pitching edge, this time Matt Andriese came in and gave up two unearned runs (and took the loss).

The Rays gave up only four hits on the day, but they walked eight batters.

"The way we threw the ball was uncharacteristic," said Rays' coach Kevin Cash. "So many balls as opposed to strikes. Generally we attack the zone. When you do what we did today, teams are going to take advantage of you. We were down  3-1 and they had one hit at the time. It's not the way we draw it up from a pitching standpoint."

The Rays struggled to get anything going against Angels' sensation Shohei Ohtani, getting just seven hits and two runs, one of them on a home run by Johnny Field. Matt Duffy had three hits for the Rays.

For the short term, however, the decision to start Romo to get him past the top of the opponents' order worked well. In both games, he shut out the Angels.

"It's definitely outside the box," Romo said. "It came out of left field. It's  pretty cool for baseball. It's unheard of. It's fun to be a part of . It turned out to be pretty good."

The Rays now come home. They are off today, then they play the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. Jake Faria pitches for the Rays against Chris Sale.

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