Rays flirt with last-place after loss to Twins

by Gary Shelton on August 8, 2016 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Monday, 5:30 a.m.

Corey Dickerson waits for his at-bat./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Corey Dickerson waits for his at-bat./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Monday, 5:30 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Rays aren't in the cellar yet, but they can see it from here.

The Rays lost a 6-3 game to Minnesota Sunday, dropping the Rays to one-half game ahead of the Twins in the American League. Miguel Sano hit two home runs, one of them off the roof at  Tropicana Field.

“I think that one got away from us a little bit,” said Rays' manager Kevin Cash. “Interesting first inning. I thought Matt Andriese threw the ball well. Obviously one pitch he’d like to have back, the pitch to Sano. Probably not quite as crisp of an outing as he had against Kansas City, but I still thought he threw the ball well. Offensively, we had

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Andries lost his third straight decision./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Andriese lost his third straight decision./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

some good at-bats, we had some opportunities, we got a couple runs. But it seemed Gibson was willing to bend but didn’t break and made some big pitches when he needed to. The game got away from us a little late there.”

Matt Andriese got the start and lost his third straight game (one in relief).

Evan Longoria hit his 25th home run in the loss.

“I think he’s done a really nice job,” Cash said. “When he came into spring training, he appeared to have taken that next step and looked like a big-league pitcher. Even in his bullpen sessions. Just the way he carried himself and that’s carried into the season even though he wasn’t with us early on. But since he’s been here, he’s done everything we’ve asked of him. He’s taken a difficult role coming out of the rotation and into the bullpen, and now to get him back in [the rotation], he’s adjusted to everything we’ve thrown at him. We know he’s a big part of our future going forward, and he continues to make progress overall.”
The Twins have won 8 of their last 11 games.

“It was just a matter of one-pitch mistake, pretty much,” Andriese said. “Just didn’t execute on a fastball to Sano there, and he hit it out for three runs. All in all, I felt pretty decent about my outing. But like I said, it was one pitch.”

The Rays now travel to Toronto, where Jake Odorizzi faces R.A. Dickey Monday night.

Souza takes second ruing the Rays' loss to Minnesota./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Souza takes second during the Rays' loss to Minnesota./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

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