Rays lose strike zone in loss to Jays

by Gary Shelton on September 23, 2023

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Glasnow had another tough outing./TIM WIRT

Saturday, 4 a.m.

It wasn’t just that the Tampa Bay Rays lost Friday night, it was that they were out of control.

The Rays, in the middle of a tight game against the Toronto Blue Jays, suddenly forgot how to throw a strike. Leading 1-0 going into the sixth inning, the Rays walked three straight batters, hit a fourth and gave up four runs.

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The 6-2 loss was damaging in the Rays’ chances of catching Baltimore, who now lead the Rays by 2 1/2 games in the AL East.

Oddly, the night had begun in fine fashion for starter Tyler Glasnow, who had a one-hitter through five innings. But after giving up two singles and a run to tie the game in the sixth, Glasnow lost his accuracy. 

The Rays’ injury bug continued to haunt the team. Brandon Lowe didn’t play because of fouling a ball off his knee (he'll be out 4-6 weeks). Randy Arozarena left because of a leg injury. Jason Adam injured himself on the mound as he gave up two runs and three hits while recording just one out.

The Rays took a 1-0 lead on Harold Ramirez’s single. Curtis Mead hit his first home run of the year for the second run.

The Rays and Blue Jays play again today at 4:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field. Zack Littell will start  for the Rays against Hyun Jin Ryu.

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