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Rays give up back-to-back homers in ninth to lose to Astros

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For a last-place team, most nights end in disappointment. Still, there are the routine losses, and the wipeouts. There are boring losses. There are losses by the rotation and the batting order. Then, there are games like this, where the defeat reminds you of the standings. The Tampa Bay Rays dropped a 5-4 game to the Houston Astros Friday night as closer Alex Colome, the team’s all-star this year, gave up back-to-back homers in the bottom of the ninth to…

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Rays beat Red Sox as Mikie Mahtook snaps a long hitting slump

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As they compete for the AL East pennant, the Boston Red Sox are probably asking themselves one question this morning. Mikie Mahtook? Really? The Red Sox lost their second straight game to the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night, dropping a 2-1 decision as Mahtook knocked in Steven Souza with the winning run. Mahtook had been mired in 0-for-34 slump, and the hit left his average at only .138. Only three other Rays have ever had longer hitless streaks (Luke Scott’s…

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Rays capture a rare walk-off victory by beating Boston in 11

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Say this for the Tampa Bay Rays. They still know how to celebrate. Look at them frolic. Look at Logan Morrison on the back of hero Luke Maile. Look at the team bound around home plate. Look at the Rays celebrate their third walkoff victory of the year, a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The Rays are now 4-57 in games in which they have trailed after seven innings. It was the bottom of the 11th inning, two…

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Rays’ Chris Archer falls to 7-17 in latest Tampa Bay defeat

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Chris Archer keeps finding new and interesting ways to lose baseball games. Archer, the Tampa Bay Rays pitcher, lost for the 17th time this season (7-17) in a 2-1 decision against the Boston Red Sox. He lasted five innings and gave up only one earned run. For the Rays, this time, the game boiled down to two plays at third base. In the third inning, Steven Souza‘s attempt to throw out David Ortiz skipped by the bag, allowing a run to…

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Boston’s David Price shuts down former Rays’ teammates

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For much of the year, fans have debated whether David Price of the Boston Red Sox was the worth his paycheck. After Tuesday night, they may give him a raise. Price tamed his former Tampa Bay Rays teammates, throwing eight innings of two-hit, shutout baseball. It was Price’s second straight win over the Rays, and stretched his scoreless streak to 19 1/3 innings. Price didn’t allow a runner to reach second base and pitched to three batters over the limit. “We fell behind early,” said Rays…

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Rays knocks off powerful Texas as Drew Smiley pitches well

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For the Tampa Bay Rays, the streaks are all good these days. The team won its sixth game in seven outings Sunday. In five of the six games, they’ve scored at least eight runs. In all, they’ve outscored opponents 55-18 in those wins. Not only that, but they’ve now won two in a row against a first-place team. The Rays beat the Texas Rangers again Sunday, 8-4. “Great series, man,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “From the way it started…

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Rays’ Jake Odorizzi dazzles against Rangers in big victory

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Suddenly, it’s a Jake Odorizzi world. Suddenly, the Tampa Bay Rays have a chance when he’s on the mound. In seven starts since the all-star game, Odorizzi has improved his record to 5-0 with an AL-leadng ERA of 1.64. He has improved his record to 8-5. The Rays followed Odorizzi to their fifth win in their last six games Saturday night, an 8-2 blasting of the Texas Rangers. The Rays have outscored their opponents 47-14 during those six games. “Odo…

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