Rays’ Bats Fizzle On Fourth Of July, Shutout By Marlins

Rays Lose Series To Marlins

Four Miami Marlins pitchers combined to shutout the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 handing the Rays a series lost. It’s the sixth time this season they’ve been shutout.

Ryan Weber (0-1, 5.06 ERA) takes the loss for Tampa Bay who fall back to .500 at 43-43. The loss ends Tampa Bay’s streak of four consecutive series wins. The Rays fall to 8-13 All-Time on Independence Day.

The Rays needed effective and efficient pitching after wearing out their ‘pen in Saturday’s night 16 inning marathon. Matt Andriese held the Marlins scoreless in the first two innings, Weber allowed two over five, and Hunter Wood allowed a solo homer to J.T. Riddle in the ninth.

Drew Rucinski (4-1, 3.24 ERA) picked up the win for Miami who improve to 36-52 on the season. J.T. Riddle accounted for the Marlins offense going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored.

In the sixth inning he tripled in the Marlins first run and then scored with a nifty slide on J.B. Shuck’s grounder to Willy Adames. Riddle slid to the back of the plate and avoided Jesus Sucre‘s tag to score the game’s second run.  He capped off the scoring delivering a solo homer off Hunter Wood in the bottom of the eighth.

Gomez Loses Temper:

The game featured a wild scene of emotion from outfield Carlos Gomez who struck out in the top of the second. He felt he had been hit by a pitch earlier in the plate appearance, but the umpire ruled he had offered to bunt at the ball. When he returned to the dugout he took his frustration out on the Gatorade coolers.

Up Next For Rays:

After a day off Thursday, the Rays head to the New York to take on the Mets staring Friday night. Tampa Bay will get their first look at Jacob deGrom (5-1, 1.84 ERA).

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