Rays blow 4-0 lead and lose to Astros.

by Gary Shelton on June 19, 2018 · 2 comments

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Ramos gave the Rays a quick 2-0 lead./CARMEN MANDATO

Ramos gave the Rays a quick 2-0 lead./CARMEN MANDATO

Tuesday, 4 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Rays certainly know the sting of one-run losses. They've suffered 19 of them this year, which leads the major leagues.

This one, however, was worse.

This time, the Rays saw a 4-0 lead dwindle away in a 5-4 loss at the hands of the Houston Astros. The Astros won their 12th straight game with the comeback, capped when Alex Bregman doubled off Sergio Romo with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth.

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Romo gave up a two-run double in the ninth./CARMEN MANDATO

Romo gave up a two-run double in the ninth./JEFFREY S. KING

Tampa Bay collected four runs and three hits in the first three innings. After that, however, they were shut down, getting only one other hit and no other runs.

The Rays used seven relief pitchers in the game.

“It’s a tough one,  no doubt," said Rays' manager Kevin Cash. "We sold out to try to win a ballgame. "

Wendle had a two-run single for the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Wendle had a two-run single for the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

The loss widened the gap of how the Rays have done against the good and bad of baseball. They are 21-9 against teams under .500 and 12-30 against teams over it.

The Rays jumped to a lead when Wilson Ramos hit a two-run homer in the first inning. In the third, the Rays made it 4-0 on a two-run single by Joey Wendle.

After falling behind, however, Gerrit Cole was sharp, and the Astros chipped away. He went seven innings and gave up only three hits and struck out eight.

The Rays play again tonight against Houston. Blake Snell pitches for the Rays against Justin Verlander. The game begins at 8:10 p.m.

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Larry Beller June 19, 2018 at 9:27 am

I don’t watch much of the Rays games anymore but did you happen to see when Kevin Cash pulled Stanek in the second inning last night? He bounced out of the dugout with all the enthusiasm and excitement of a man who was on a mission from God. Except his mission was to pull a guy who had just mowed down the first 5 guys he faced on 11 pitches. What does a pitcher have to do to earn more trust on this team? Of course Cash was just following orders and using a predetermined script. I had to laugh at the irony of it all. I think the rest of the baseball world is laughing at the Rays too.

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Gary Shelton June 19, 2018 at 8:48 pm

Teams worship matchups these days to an absurd amount. Babe Ruth wouldn’t gt a chance to swing against a left-handed pitcher. Sometimes, you have to go ballplayer vs. ballplayer and hang the metrics of it. Again, it’s hard for a young player to establish trust on this team.

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