Rays lose to Miami in another one-run game

by Gary Shelton on July 3, 2018 · 0 comments

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Stanek lost the game in the 10th./CARMEN MANDATO

Stanek lost the game in the 10th./CARMEN MANDATO

Tuesday, 4 a.m.

Perhaps you thought, that with a great homestand behind them, the Tampa Bay Rays were cured.

They are not.

The Rays dropped a 3-2 game to the Miami Marlins in 10 innings Monday night, slipping back to .500 and seeing their record against National League teams fall to 2-8 on the season.

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Cron tied the game with a ninth-inning double./CARMEN MANDATO

Cron tied the game with a ninth-inning double./CARMEN MANDATO

Tampa Bay rallied to tie the game in the ninth inning when C.J. Cron doubled in Jake Bauers, but the Marlins came back in the 10th to score when Yadiel Rivera's infield grounder to third scored Brian Anderson.

"I think I should have made that play. … That play needs to be made,'' Duffy said. "I didn't get a grip and rushed the transfer and as soon as I (did that) the play was over.''

Ryne Stanek, who had not allowed an earned run in his previous 12 appearances (and in 16 of his last 17), took the loss. He gave up a leadoff walk to Anderson and then singles to J.T. Realmuto and to  Rivera.

"I came in and was really, really erratic with the fastball,'' Stanek said. "Obviously its showed. I didn't throw him a strike, didn't make it a competitive at-bat. Free passes, usually lead-off walks, tend to hurt.''

"The leadoff walk," lamented Rays' manager Kevin Cash.

Jake Bauers tied the game in the ninth../JAMES LUEDDE

Jake Bauers tied the game in the ninth../JAMES LUEDDE

Wei-Yin Chen threw well for the Marlins, tossing six innings and allowing an unearned run on three hits.

"We didn’t have our best approach from Chen for whatever reason," Cash said.

Starter Nate Eovaldi went six innings, but he gave up eight hits. "I have to execute better when I'm ahead in the county," Eovaldi said.

The Rays ran into some familiar frustration in the defeat. The lost another one-run game (their 21st of the year).

Starlin Castro had four hits for the Marlins and Miguel Rojas had three.  For the Rays, Cron had three of the team's six hits.

Tampa Bay and Miami play the second game of their series tonight (7:10 p.m.). Ryan Yarbrough pitches for the Rays against Trevor Moore.

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