Rays clobbered by Orioles in series’ finale

by Gary Shelton on July 3, 2017 · 0 comments

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Cash broke an ankle while  jogging Sunday./CHUCK MUNCIE

Cash broke an ankle while jogging Sunday./JEFFREY S. KING

Monday, 1 a.m.

All in all, the broken ankle wasn't so bad.

At least not compared to the rest of the afternoon.

The Rays had a achy day Sunday, getting blasted 7-1 by the Rays. Alex Cobb struggled, and the offense disappeared, and the (brief) winning streak ended. Oh, and manager Kevin Cash suffered a fractured ankle while jogging before the game.

Some days, there is pain. The Rays had hoped to sweep the Orioles after

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Sucre hit a homer to get the Rays on the board./CHUCK MUNCIE

Sucre hit a homer to get the Rays on the board./CHUCK MUNCIE

winning the first two games, but pitcher Kwcin Gausman handcuffed the Rays on five hits. One of them was a late-game home run by Jesus Sucre that did little more than spoil the shutout.

The Rays, meanwhile, had a nightmare third inning. Caleb Joseph blooped in a single to start things, followed by Cobb hitting Rueben Tejada. Seth Smith grounded back to Cobb, who threw the ball into right field to allow one run in. Manny Mechado then lined a three-run homer to complete a four-run inning.

In all, Cobb allowed seven runs in 6 1/3 innings, and the Orioles managed to win one game of the series.

“Gausman was throwing 96-97 miles per hour, spotting his fastball,” said Cash. “He

Cobb gave up seven runs to Baltimore./CHUCK MUNCIE

Cobb gave up seven runs to Baltimore./CHUCK MUNCIE

made it really tough on us.

“I know Alex is going to be frustrated with his peformance, but to be able to settle down and continue to make pitches after the bad inning … I was impressed with the way he threw the ball.”

The Rays now move to Chicago – with former manager Joe Maddon and former star Ben Zobrist – for two afternoon games. In the first game, Chris Archer pitches against John Lackey.

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