Ramirez leads Rays to win over Royals

by Gary Shelton on August 22, 2022

in general

Monday, 4 a.m.

At this rate, maybe the rest of Tampa Bay Rays should dye their hair, too.

Harold Ramirez, the blue-haired hitter of the Rays, had another good afternoon on Sunday, getting three hits and driving in two runs to lead the Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals, their third win of the four-game series.

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Ramirez, who has hit in all five games since returning from the injured list, is now hitting .337 on the season. No one has a higher average, although Ramirez does not have the plate appearances to qualify for a batting title.

In his five-game streak, Ramirez has nine hits and is hitting .429.

"He has a very simple approach," said Rays' manager Kevin Cash. "He sticks with it, doesn’t try to do too much. He kind of takes what the pitcher gives him.  Work away, he’ll beat you away. Come inside, and he can pull the ball as we saw in New York. Just a really good hitter who’s seeing the ball well."

Ramirez drove in Randy Arozarena and Brandon Lowe for his RBI. The third run came on a homer by Christian Bethancourt.

The Rays remain third in the wild-card chase.

The bullpen was solid on Sunday, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up just one hit and no runs. Starter Ryan Yarbrough gave up three hits in 4 1/3 innings and allowed just two unearned runs (Brandon Lowe's two errors. contributed).

“He was really really good," Cash said of Yarbrough. "He had every opportunity to get into the game a little deeper. I was really encouraged with the way Yarbs threw the ball. The big breaking ball against all the lefties matched up really well."

The Rays now play at home against the Anaheim Angels at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field. Jeffrey Springs will start for the Rays against Tucker Davidson.

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