Tampa Bay Rays finally win, snap 11-game losing streak

by Gary Shelton on June 28, 2016 · 0 comments

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Nick Franklin drove in a career-high five runs in the Rays' win.

Nick Franklin drove in a career-high five runs in the Rays' win.

Tuesday, 6 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Rays ended something nasty Monday night.

Whether they started something else, we'll see.

After 11 failures, the Tampa Bay Rays finally won a baseball game Monday night. In so doing, they started their own winning streak. One in a row. Who would have believed it?

The Rays did a lot of things they have not done in this one. They got a win

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Snell wanted to be more aggressive, but he got his first major-league win.

Snell wanted to be more aggressive, and he got his first major-league win.

Snell became the first Rays' starting pitcher to win in 14 games.

Snell became the first Rays' starting pitcher to win in 14 games.

from a starting pitcher (the first in 13 tries). They hit with runners on base (six for 12) after hitting .148 during the streak. They hit overall (with 18 hits and 13 runs) after hitting .222 through the previous 11.

“Good win,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Needed win. I'm really happy for the guys because I know they've been grinding through it. Sometimes it takes that kind of performance to break out of a funk.''

Oh, it isn't like the Rays cured losing. They still gave up seven runs, which gives them a cozy 79 over the last 12 games. They're still in last place. But for a night, it was as if the American League stopped hitting them over the head.

Another thing the Rays have lacked, Cash said, was the big pitch or the big hit at the big moment.

Jennings hit his seventh home run of the season.

Jennings hit his seventh home run of the season.

The Rays got that Monday night in the fifth. The Rays led 9-3, but starter Blake Snell had just walked a run in, and with Hanley Ramirez at the plate, things threatened to get dicey. But Snell struck out Ramirez looking on a curve ball.

“I want to be more aggressive,” Snell said. “I felt like I was trying to place the ball instead of just pitching and being aggressive. The whole game plan (to Ramirez) was to be aggressive. I knew that I needed to get ahead to put him away. I threw him a curveball and got him.”

Nick Franklin drove in five runs for the Rays. In all, five players – Franklin, Logan Forsythe, Evan Longoria, Oswaldo Arcia and Taylor Motter, had three hits. Logan Morrison had two. Desmond Jennings, Forsythe and Franklin had home runs.

For the Rays, it has been a long time since a celebration. Still, the team seemed to remember how (although who is to say if the songs are still hits?)

“We do the same things,” said catcher Curt Casali.

The Rays go after their second straight win with Chris Archer on the mound against Rick Porcello.

Forsythe slides head first into third on his three-hit night.

Forsythe slides head first into third on his three-hit night.

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