Rays Losing Streak Reaches 9, Fall To Marlins 5-4
Marlins Hand Rays Ninth Straight Loss
The Tampa Bay Rays (23-37) dropped their ninth straight contest falling to the Miami Marlins by a final score of 5-4. The current nine game losing streak is the longest since an 11-game slide from September 3rd through 13th, 2009. It is the second longest in the majors this season (Seattle Mariners April 15th through 22nd & Miami Marlins April 6th through 14th) behind the Boston Red Sox 10 game losing streak (May 15th through 25th).
The game was an ordinary baseball game for the first few innings but midway through the game the Rays announced that Don Zimmer had peacefully passed away at age 83.
David Price (4-5, 4.08 ERA) took the loss for the Rays giving up five runs (one earned) on nine hits striking out 11 and walking none over 7.1 innings. Brad Boxberger came in to finish the eighth inning and Juan Carlos Oviedo worked a scoreless ninth.
Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.33 ERA) picked up the win for the Marlins giving up three runs (all earned) on six hits striking out four and walking four in five innings of work. He was followed to the mound by Bryan Morris who held the Rays off the board in the sixth and seventh innings. Mike Dunn worked a scoreless eighth and Steve Cishek came in and made it interesting but picked up his 13th save.
Rays & Marlins Action:
The Rays battled right back in their half of the first as David DeJesus singled and came in on a 2-run homer by Ben Zobrist which put the Rays ahead 2-1 and Evan Longoria followed with a solo blast to push the lead to 3-1.
With David Price on the mound and the offense showing signs of life it appeared the Rays were on their way to ending their eight game losing streak but like so many times this season the opposition battled back and did so quickly.
The key blow came in the top of the third inning immediately after a play that should have been made wasn’t. With runners at second and third and two out Jeff Baker sent a high chopper to Evan Longoria who leaped to make the grab and reached down to tag Marcell Ozuna heading into third but dropped the ball allowing Giancarlo Stanton scored to cut the Rays lead to 5-2.
Donovan Solano followed Longoria’s error with a three run homer to give the Marlins the 5-3 lead.
The Rays had a golden opportunity to tie or win the game in the bottom of the ninth loading the bases with nobody out. David DeJesus grounded out to bring home a run and move the runners up to second and third. Ben Zobrist sent a high chopper to first that should have tied the game but Kevin Kiermaier hesitated and elected to stay at third base.