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Tampa Bay Rays are shut out once again in loss to White Sox

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Winning is one thing, but at this point, you have to wonder if the Tampa Bay Rays will ever score again.

The Rays were shut out for the second straight night, losing a 1-0 game to Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox. Sale threw a two-hitter to stop the Rays.
That was just good enough to beat the Rays, who gave up only four hits and a ninth-inning run driven in by Melky Cabrera. Nevertheless, the Rays fell to 3-7 on the season.

The game was marred by centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier running into Logan Forsythe in the fourth. As an outfielder we want to make that play, because that’s a tough play for an infielder going back like that. I’d much rather catch it going in,” Kiermaier said. “I called it too late. If I called it earlier that wouldn’t have happened. A bad job on my part, where I just wanted to make the play.

“Logan covers so much ground out there and I guess I didn’t take that in and factor as much as I liked. If I had a chance to do that over, I would have let Logan do his thing.”

Forsythe caught the ball then banged into Kiermaier.

“It was going to be one of those bang-bang plays either way,” Forsythe said. “I think at that same time I was calling it, he was calling it. It was in no-man’s land. It’s a tough play, because in that situation you have to go for it. There was a runner in scoring position. If that ball drops they get a run.”

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