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Rays finally win another game as Evan Longoria homers twice against Orioles

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The Tampa Bay Rays are hot. They have won one in a row, and two of their last 14, and four of their last 27 games. They have now won one of their last 20 games against first-place teams. Evan Longoria is coming off a two-home run game. The bullpen is on a scoreless streak. Everyone together: Wheee! Things finally came together for the Rays in Sunday’s 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The Rays managed only six hits, but four of them were homers (two…

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Rays fall once again despite a stellar pitching performance by Matt Moore

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The Tampa Bay Rays gave up only two runs Saturday. They surrendered only seven hits. They shut out the Baltimore Orioles after the second inning. But, yeah, the Rays lost again. Of course they did. The Rays dropped a 2-1 decision to the Baltimore Orioles, the 19th straight game the Rays have lost to a first-place team. Overall, Tampa Bay has lost 24 of its last 27 games. They have also lost eight straight and 12 of their last 13.…

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Rays start the second half the same as the first, by losing another game

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Yeah, they’re still the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays resumed their season Friday night, and they resumed their dismal play. This time, the Rays lost 4-3 to the Baltimore Orioles, their 18th straight loss to a first-place team. John Schoop’s eighth-inning home run broke a 3-3 tie to lead to the loss. For the Rays, it was the 23rd loss in 26 games, and it lowered the team’s record to 34-55 on the season. Tampa Bay had a 3-1 lead…

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Rays ready to try it again as baseball’s second half gets under way

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You know how some teams hate to see the season stop because things are going so well. This pitcher is hot; that hitter is on a streak? Well, this isn’t like that. You know how some teams can’t wait for the season’s second half of the season to start so they can take up where they left off? So they pack the house with fans eager to see their energy and their passion. This isn’t like that, either. Instead, the…

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Rays’ losing streak approaching the level of historic futility

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In 2002, the Rays lost more games in a row than the current team. They ended up losing 106 games. In 2004, the Rays lost more games in a row. They ended up losing 91. Now, with 11 straight losses, you have to wonder just how bad these Rays will finish. The Tampa Bay Rays’ losing streak has taken on historic proportions. The Rays fell 13 ½ games off the AL East lead Sunday, being swept for the first time…

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Rays’ losing streak extends to 10 games in a row against Orioles

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Here’s a simple question: Will the Tampa Bay Rays win another baseball game? Ever? The bashing to the Rays continued Saturday, when the team was humbled by the Baltimore Orioles in defeats of 5-0 and 8-6. It stretched the Rays loss to 10 games, a stretch in which they have surrendered 60 runs. In the nightcap, the Rays led 4-0 after three innings. But then the Orioles turned it on, outscoring Tampa Bay 8-2 the rest of the way. The…

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Rays lose another as their streak falls to nine games in a row

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The undefeated pitcher didn’t make it out of the fifth. The winless pitcher threw a four-hitter. And, for the Tampa Bay Rays, the losing goes on. The Rays dropped a 5-0 game to the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday afternoon, stretching their losing streak to nine straight games with no sign of relief. If the Rays had a shot at finally beating a first place team, it figured to be Saturday. Rays’ starting pitcher…

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