Eflin strong in his second start for win

by Gary Shelton on April 3, 2024

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Eflin won on a strong start./TIM WIRT

Wednesday, 4 a.m.

On second look, Zack Eflin may be the ace of the Tampa Bay Rays after all.

Eflin, who lost on Opening Day, came back to lead the Rays to a 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers Tuesday night. Eflin, who struggled only one inning in his first start, came back with a strong six innings for his first win.

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Eflin scuffled some in the seventh, giving up his shutout and three of his five hits. But the Rays were able to close out the game behind a bullpen that went 2 2/3 innings and allowed just two hits.

Isaac Paredes hit a three-run homer for most of the Rays’ offense. However, they also got run-scoring singles from Yandy Diaz and Randy Arozarena. Diaz had been 0-for-11 coming into the game.

The Rays and Rangers close out their three-game series today at 1 p.m. Aaron Civale will start for the Rays against Nathan Eovolde.

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