Rays leaky in loss to solid Rangers

by Gary Shelton on June 11, 2023

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Lowe had two hits for Rays./TIM WIRT

Sunday, 4 a.m.

Not enough defense. Not enough pitching.

For that matter, there wasn’t a heck of a lot of hitting, either.

Saturday was a day the Texas Rangers struck back in their series against the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Rangers won 8-4, taking advantage of a lot of leaky play by the Rays. It didn’t hurt that Corey Seager had five hits, including a double and a home run.

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That said, the Rays certainly helped the Rangers along the way. In the second inning, on a routine groundout to second, infielder Vidal Brujan threw the ball into left field, allowing a run and sending the Rangers on their way to a 3-0 lead.

It was 6-0 by the fourth when the Rays finally showed up. They scored four in the inning on four hits, including a three-run home run by Francisco Mejia. However, the Rays managed just three more hits and no more runs the rest of the day.

The Rays’ first three pitchers — Taj Bradley, Jalen Beaks and Jose Lopez, gave up seven earned runs among them. Bradley lasted just 3 2/3 innings.

“He  just kind of  fell behind guys,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said. “A  young pitcher on the mound … you try to make every play for him.  The one Brujan threw a way kind of snowballed on him a little bit.”

For the Rays, Josh Lowe and Mejia each had two hits. 

The Rays and Rangers wrap up their series today at 1:40 p.m. at Tropicana Field. Shane McClanahan (9-1) will start for the Rays against Martin Perez.

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