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Rays equal their season-high winning streak at four games against Yankees

They have combined for victories before. Nothing new about that for Blake Snell and Luke Maile.

Of course, most of their wins have been in Durham.

This time, Snell and Maile led the Tampa Bay Rays to their fourth victory in a row and a rare sweep of an opponent. The Rays beat the New York Yankees, 5-3, to sweep the Yankees.

Snell struck out nine – including five in a row at one point. For the year, he has 49 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings pitched. Snell is now 3-4 on the season.

“Blake was good today,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “His velo might have been up a tick and that might have caused some of the overthrown fastballs or breaking balls. But you can tell the curveball was a huge pitch today for him. Had a lot of swing-and-miss. Really strong outing by him, just kind ran out of pitches there at the end. But the guys came in and filled in really nice.”

Snell’s win was possible because of Maile, who entered the game with only two hits in his previous 24 at bats. Maile hit the first pitch he saw with two men out in the sixth to drive in Steven Souza and Kevin Kiermaier.

“The whole game I felt good. I felt really good with Luke behind the plate. We got in a rhythm really quick. I was trying to do too much for a little while, but having him behind the plate…he’s something else. … The guys behind me were playing really well (defensively), so it was fun.”

“I love (working with Maile). I’ve known him a long time. Him and me get on the same page pretty quick. … Especially today, I was throwing a bunch of balls in the dirt. I’ll go in the dirt the whole game, I know he’s going to block it.”

Together, the rookies kept Tampa Bay’s winning streak going. The Rays are now 42-61 on the season.

“It feels good to get back on a winning run here,” Cash said. “Being at home, finish off a sweep, we played really good baseball this weekend and it shows with the amount of wins we got. Lot of good things. Played good defense. We’re starting to see a trend, when you pitch well and play good defense you give yourself a chance to win consecutive ballgames.”

Tampa Bay had only six hits – two each by Souza and Corey Dickerson – but turned three double plays. Closer Alex Colome had his 25th save of the season. Colome is 25-for-26 on the season.

The Rays now play against Kansas City. Chris Archer pitches for Tampa Bay against Danny Duffy.

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Rays keep their mini-winning streak alive as Drew Smyly beats Yankees

If you do not think of the Tampa Bay Rays‘ overall record, then the latest streak by the team is a little bit of fun.

On the other hand, perhaps that’s just how bad this season has gone.

The Rays won their third straight game Saturday night, and came within one win of equaling their season high, with a 6-3 victory over the New York Yankees. The Rays got their 10th straight quality start by a starting pitcher, tying for the second most in team history.

This time, Drew Smyly delivered the win. It snapped an 11-start winless streak by Smyly in which he was 0-7. Over their last 10 starts, the Rays’ rotation is 6-1 with a 1.50 ERA.

“Smyly was really good again,” said manager Kevin Cash. “It was good to see. Gives up one home run and that’s his outing. Six strong innings. Tonight I think was the best we’ve seen his curveball and the best he’s felt with his curveball in quite some time. That’s something to really take into these next couple outings for him. That’s a big pitch for him, big putaway, he compliments the fastball with that pitch and we saw it tonight.”

The Rays got a leaping catch from Kevin Kiermaier in the eighth inning to help preserve their lead.

“We get spoiled (by his defense),” said Cash “We get to see it all the time, but there aren’t many center fielders or players in the game that can get to that ball, jump that high. It was an impressive catch. Fortunately for us we get to see it quite a bit.”

Brad Miller, Curt Casali and Tim Beckham all had home runs for the Rays.

“I haven’t had the comeback that I’ve wanted so far, but that’s just the game of baseball,” Kiermaier said. “It can be a roller coaster at times and you try to be more on the upper end than the lower end riding that roller coaster. I felt great tonight. We’ll use tonight as a little stepping stone and move forward here and contribute to the offense on a daily basis from here on out.”

The Rays try to sweep the Yankees today when Blake Snell pitches against Michael Pineda.

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Rays’ Jake Odorizzi keeps starting pitching streak going well

It isn’t the hottest the Tampa Bay Rays have ever been.

On the other hand, it’s decent. And this season, that’s as good as Tampa Bay has been.

The Rays ran their second-half record to 6-7 on Friday night, winning the first game of a 10-game homestand. Tampa Bay won 5-1 over the New York Yankees with five of the team’s seven hits going for extra bases. Tampa Bay has won six of its last 11 after winning three of its previous 27.

“We’ve played that way since the break,” manager Kevin Cash said. “I know we don’t have the wins to support that, but we’re playing tighter ballgames, our pitching has been tremendous and the timely hits, hopefully they continue to come.”

Jake Odorizzi, who has spent most of the season getting no decisions, evened his record at 5-5. He now has a 14 2/3 inning scoreless streak. Odorizzi has already had 12 no-decisions, becoming only the third pitcher since 1913 to go so often without a decision in his team’s first 100 games.

“Odo was outstanding, really threw the ball well,” Cash said. “He’s been throwing the ball well since the break, but Odo’s last two starts were tremendous. It’s good to see him get a win against the Yankees — probably his toughest loss of the year was a [2-1] ballgame that he lost earlier (May 29) against these guys here at home. Offensively, Logan (Forsythe) gets the big home run in the first and we continued to add on.”

For the Rays, it continued a nice streak of starting pitching. It was the ninth straight quality start. The Rays are 6-7 since the all-star break with six of the losses coming by one run.

“We’d talked about it for a while during the first half and it never came. Basically since the second half started, we all kind of changed our tune, I guess,” Odorizzi said. “Everything is going well for all the starters, just consistent outings back-to-back-to-back. It really takes stress off the bullpen. I think another thing, our defense is playing phenomenal. They’re really backing us up, and it’s a lot easier to pitch when you have great plays being made behind you. It really shortens the game.”

Tampa Bay jumped to a quick lead, getting solo home runs by Forsythe and Corey Dickerson in the first inning. Brad Miller had a double and a triple.

Drew Smyly pitches for the Rays tonight against New York.

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Rays’ Matt Moore pitches well again in victory over Los Angeles Dodgers

Slowly, he is returning to his role as ace of the Tampa Bay Rays staff. Whether he stays here is another matter.

Matt Moore pitched well once again Wednesday, and the Rays won a 3-1 decision over the Los Angeles Dodgers. For Moore, it was the 10th straight game in which he has pitched at least six innings. He is 5-3 in his last eight decisions.

Against the Dodgers, Moore allowed only four hits. Even better, he got one himself, only the third of the year by a Rays’ pitcher.

“It’s fun to play baseball on both sides,” Moore said. “I had fun today.”

Tampa Bay is now 39-61 on the season.

So did Evan Longoria, who had three hits and his 23rd home run of the year. Brad Miller also had two hits.

The Rays are home Friday against the New York Yankees with Jake Odorizzi getting the start.

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Tim Beckham goes five-for-five as Rays win their second straight game

So what’s so hard about this “baseball” stuff, anyway?

The Tampa Bay Rays are suddenly a hot streak. Or, at least-their version of one. The Rays have won two in a row, scoring 11 runs in an 11-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. It was the second straight game in which the team scored double digits. It was the first time the Rays have won back to back games since a three-game winning streak from June 12-14.

The Rays are back to within 20 games of .500, and while that’s not much to brag about, it’s a start.

Chris Archer improved his record to 5-13 with the win, going six innings and allowing only two earned runs. He struck out 11.

The Rays, who had scored 10 the previous game, have now had 29 hits over the past two games.

Tim Beckham went five-for-five with the Rays, even though he exited the game hitting only .206. Corey Dickerson had three and Evan Longoria and Steven Souza had two each.

The Rays led 4-2 going into the fourth, but their second five-run inning in two games blew it open.

Tampa Bay opens a three-game swing against the A’s tonight when Matt Moore pitches against Sonny Gray.

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Rays finally win a baseball game big as rookie Blake Snell pitches well

Consider the struggles of the Tampa Bay Rays over the last month. Would this really be a place you would look for near-perfection?

And not even by the other team?

The Rays, losing their way through the baseball season, had one of those rare nights where everything clicked Tuesday night.

Rookie pitcher Blake Snell, for instance, was almost flawless in throwing seven innings of one-hit baseball in an 10-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Snell gave up only a leadoff single to Charlie Blackmon, who hit a full count into centerfield. Snell had been ahead of Blackmon 0-2 during the at bat.

Snell, making his first start in 12 days, struck out nine hitters to get his second win (against four losses).

“We’ve been extremely positive with everything that Blake has done since he’s been here.,” manager Kevin Cash said. “This justifies it, but it’s unfair to expect a ton out of a guy who’s making his debut. Today, we saw the elite pitcher we’ve heard about for some time.”

He had plenty of support. The top five batters in the lineup combined for 11 hits. Corey Dickerson had three, while Evan Longoria, Logan Forsythe, Brad Miller and Steve Pearce each had two. Longoria and Pearce — in his game back from the disabled list — had home runs.

Trevor Story hit a home run to get the Rockies on the board when it was 10-0.

The Rays led 1-0, then added five runs in the third.

For the Rays, it was a rare easy night. The Rays had lost three of their previous four, nine of their previous 10 and 25 of their previous 29.

The Rays and Rockies finish their season today as Chris Archer throws against Jorge De La Rosa. Archer is 4-13 on the season.

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Rays lose another game after an inability to get tying run home from third base

The game was right there, 90 feet away.

All the Tampa Bay Rays had to do Monday night was close the distance, and they could have won another ballgame.

Instead, the runner was lost on third. And the game was lost in Colorado.

The Rays fell, 7-4, to the Colorado Rockies Monday night to return to their losing ways. But the Rays tried their best to come from behind in this one, scoring three times in the seventh to come within a run. But in the seventh, the team got Nick Franklin to third with one out. He stayed there. In the eighth, the team got Evan Longoria to third with none out. He stayed there.

Instead, with five chances, the Rays failed. Four of those were strikeouts, including Jason Motte striking out the side in the eighth (Corey Dickerson, Logan Morrison and Steven Souza) following Longoria’s triple.

“We’ve got to find a way to get those guys in,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “The guys know that. It just didn’t happen.”

The Rays had only six hits, although three of them were triples. Two of those were by Longoria.

The Rays have now lost 25 of their last 29 games. Only four of the 25 losses have been by one run. Overall, the Rays are 35-57.

Drew Smyly took the loss for Tampa Bay, falling to 2-11 on the season. Blake Snell pitches tonight for the Rays.

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

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 by Longoria and one each by Brad Miller and Oswaldo Arcia, and Tampa Bay finally managed its’ 35th win (against 56 losses). It puts them within 18 ½ games of the Orioles.

“Obviously, it feels really good to get a win,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said. “This club needed it. (I’m) happy for the guys. I thought Odo really set the tone in the 1st inning—we were 2nd and 3rd, three pitches into the ballgame, no outs—one comes across but I thought it was an outstanding job to limit the damage and then he kind of put it on cruise control. Today might’ve been the best day we’ve seen that fastball up. He got a ton of chase on it and it didn’t seem like their guys could adjust to get on top of it. Outstanding by Odo.”

Longoria hit home runs of 419 feet and 441 feet,

“Longo’s ball, the second one, I would think that’s one of the farther balls he’s hit here,” Cash said. “[Arcia], the opposite-field shot, you don’t see too many guys do that. Miller also. We had a lot of guys that came in and contributed. It was great to see.Good overall win, something to go on a happy flight to Colorado. Our starting pitching did a really nice job this series. We had three really solid starts. That trend is going to continue. The thing that we need to do offensively is keep giving them some support to give them a little breathing room.”

Odorizzi brought his record to 4-5 with the win.

“Yeah, it is a good start,” Longoria said. “I know it took us two games after the second half, but the two games prior to today we played well. Our pitching staff and our starters went out and set the tempo and got us on the right track for the second half. Hopefully, today we can carry that momentum on.

The Rays open a three-game series with Colorado today. Drew Smyly is on the mound for Tampa Bay.

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

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.

This time, Tampa Bay managed only four hits – two by Steven Souza – in the loss. Matt Moore went 7 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and two runs in the loss. Moore has now pitched at least six innings in eight straight starts. He was beaten when he gave up a two-run homer to J.J. Hardy in the second inning.

“Matt was the story today,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “I think it’s fairly obvious, Matt Moore was pretty outstanding again. He gave us every opportunity to win. It stinks when you lose a ballgame on one pitch. That sums up how it’s going for us right now, but you can’t take that away from Matt; he was really good.

“Unfortunately, their guy (Chris Tillman) was really good, too. You saw two pitchers that have had a lot of success, and they get some strikeouts quite a bit. It was low-strikeout tonight. You saw two guys that were efficient in making good pitches.”

Moore felt he pitched well in the defeat.

“I just feel like I’m pitching to my capabilities,” Moore said. “Being able to string together back-to-back innings where we retired three in a row, I think that’s something to hang my hat on most these days, just being able to get some quick innings, keep my pitch count on track.”

“Trying to link it up so everybody’s on the same page, it’s kind of like football where there’s the offensive, defensive side of the foot- ball, there’s special teams, there’s a lot of parts to our team going into this skid. It’s easy to look at things that are going wrong and kind of put your finger on them, but you know we’re trying. It’s something, the guys are getting to the field at the same time, putting the same work in. We’re just waiting for tomorrow to get here.”

The Rays try again today with Jake Odorizzi on the mound against Dylan Bundy.

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

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 but could not hold it.

“I liked the way Arch competed,” Manager Kevin Cash said. “I thought he threw the ball really well to the end. You do feel for him because you want these guys to build off some successes, and I think Arch can pull plenty of positives from the outing. You take away a pitch here and there and he had a really good outing. Not at one point did he ever have that glitch where he lost command of the strike zone. It seemed like he was in attack mode the entire time, and he should feel really good about that.”

Cash said he would have replaced Archer in the seventh if anyone had reached base. Instead, he wanted him to pitch against the first two right-handers in the Orioles lineup.

“I felt that Arch was the best option there to get those two righties. I still feel that way, he just left a pitch up — a slider up to Schoop.”

Archer took his 13th win against only four victories, giving up 7 hits and four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings.

“I felt like I threw the ball well, but not well enough,” Archer said. “I did get deep. At the end of the day, if I could have one pitch back it would be the second pitch I threw to Schoop right there (in the 8th). The other stuff—they’re a good hitting team, they battled, put the ball in play, but it happens. And if I continue to build on that outing I think I’m gonna continue to put the team in a position to win every single night, and that’s the overall goal.”

Archer said he felt good in the eighth, not that it mattered.

“It doesn’t matter how I felt, I didn’t get the job done.

“I didn’t execute a pitch. I left a cookie out there for a guy with a lot of power, and he made the most of it.”

The Rays had a chance in the ninth inning after Brad Miller doubled and went to third on a wild pitch. Evan Longoria was walked, however, and Zach Britton struck out Logan Morrison and Steven Souza Jr. to end the game.

Matt Moore pitches for Tampa Bay today against Chris Tillman.

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