Rays near last place after losing to Orioles

by Gary Shelton on September 19, 2015 · 0 comments

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Cash argues the home plate interference call./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Cash argues the home plate interference call/ANDREW J. KRAMER

Cash argues the home plate interference call/ANDREW J. KRAMER

Cash argues the home plate interference call/ANDREW J. KRAMER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The good start. The new faces. The resiliency in the face of injury. For the Tampa Bay Rays, it has all disappeared.

In it's place? Well, a half-step lower, and what the Rays will own is last place.

A 2-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles Saturday night brought the Rays within sniffing distance. After that loss, their sixth in their last eight games, the Rays are within a half-game of the cellar-dwelling Boston Red Sox. After entering this home stand needing an outstanding homestand to try to get back contention for the second wild-card berth, the Rays have instead gone 3-6.

Oh, perhaps it was too much to maintain. There were too many extra inning losses, too many bullpen collapses, too many starts that didn't make it to five innings, too many injuries.

Tampa Bay is now six gams under .500 at 71-77.

The Rays scored in the first inning to tie the game at one, but they

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