Bats Hot, Bullpen Not As Rays Losing Streak Reaches Ten
The Rays have all the marks of a struggling team. When they get solid pitching the bats go silent. When the offense perks up the pitching goes south. The result of the bats and arms failing to combine forces has been the teams longest losing streak at ten games in a row since September 0f 2009.
The Rays fell to the Miami Marlins by a final score of 11-6. The loss drops the Rays to 15 games under .500 at 23-38.
Jake Odorizzi (2-6, 5.31 ERA) took the loss going five plus innings allowing four runs (all earned) on seven hits striking out eight and walking none.
Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger have been two of the more trusted arms out of the pen in 2014 and neither was sharp. McGee was charged with two runs (earned) in his inning of work and Boxberger was charged with three earned runs while not retiring any of the three batters he faced.
The Marlins came right back to add three runs on to the board in the top of the sixth to push their lead to 6-3 but once again the Rays offense fought back to cut the lead to one on an RBI triple by Matt Joyce and an RBI single by Jerry Sands.
Once again the Rays relief corp could not keep the Fish in check as Giancarlo Stanton delivered a 2-run homer and the Marlins put up three more runs in the top of the 7th to push their lead to 9-5.
In the bottom of the seventh Desmond Jennings hit an RBI double to cut the lead to 9-6 but the chances of staging a comeback were made much more difficult when Josh Lueke came in and allowed two more runs to cross home plate in the top of the ninth to give the Marlins the 11-6 lead.
The win pushes the Marlins record to 32-28 and they move into a first place tie with the Atlanta Braves in the National League East division.
Jacob Turner (2-3, 5.93 ERA) picks up the win delivering 5.1 innings of work allowing five runs (all earned) on eight hits striking out three and walking one.
The Marlins offense racked up 17 hits on the day with multiple hits from Giancarlo Stanton including his 17th home run, Casey McGehee had four hits, Garrett Jones with three, Marcell Ozuna with three including his 11th home run, Justin Bour with two hits in his major league debut, and J.T. Realmuto with two.