Dodgers edge Rays in Glasgnow’s return

by Gary Shelton on May 28, 2023

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Ramirez homered to give the Rays a lead./TIM WIRT

Saturohday, 4 a.m.

For all the anticipation of the Rays' starting pitcher, it was the bullpen that left them a run short Sunday.

Most fans had talked mainly about the return of Tyler Glasnow, who was fairly impressive considering that he hadn’r pitched in 236 days. He threw 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and five hits in a no-decision.

Alas, the Rays gave up three runs from their bullpen -- two by Colin Poche -- and lost a 6-5 game.

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Margot had a two-run single./TIM WIRT

Poche threw 22 pitches and gave up three hits, two runs and had two wild pitches in taking the loss. Mookie Betts' single and Freddie Freeman's double were the key hits in the inning.

"I thought Po’s stuff was really pretty good," said Rays'' manager Kevin Cash. "A couple of good hitters just got him."

The Rays had little luck early with Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw, but picked up four runs in five innings. Manuel Margot had a two-run single and Harold Ramirez had a two-run homer. The Rays led 4-3 going into the seventh.

But the Rays could dent the Dodgers' bullpen for only one run (Wander Franco's single that drove in Tyler Walls). Harold Ramirez grounded out with the tying run on third.

"We just came up short," Cash said.

The Rays play the Dodgers again today at 11:35 a.m. at Tropicana Field. The Rays have not announced a starter yet. The Dodgers will start Gavin Stone.

Franco brought the Rays within one run./TIM WIRT

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