Give credit to the Tampa Bay Rays.
When it comes to giving up those gut-wrenching, afternoon-ending home runs, they’re cutting down on the damage.
This time, it was a two-run homer hit by the Baltimore Orioles that led to a 5-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday afternoon. Only a few hours after Chris Davis hit a grand slam for a Saturday night victory, Caleb Joseph knocked a shot out of the park to give the Orioles a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning off Rays’ starter Matt Moore, who has struggled since returning from Tommy John surgery.
The Rays didn’t have a hit until the fourth inning – again – when Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe hit back to back home runs. But that was it for the low-scoring Rays, who have now lost 21 of their last 30 games. The Rays have now lost eight of their last nine series and have fallen to fourth place in the AL East.
The game was the 100th of the season for the Rays, meaning that if they are going to make a move to make the season interesting, it is time.
For now, there appear to be too many flaws to overcome.