Oh, so this is what they mean by a tough start.
Tampa Bay Rays rookie Blake Snell, 4-7, had a game he’d rather forget Saturday night. He lasted only nine outs, and gave up nine hits, in a 6-2 loss. If that wasn’t bad enough, Snell was pulled from the game with a bruised ankle.
The Houston Astros had 12 hits against the Rays and took a 5-0 lead. The Rays scored two on a home run by Bobby Wilson, but that was as close as they would come.
Tim Beckham had three hits for the Rays, but he was thrown out after overrunning second base.
“It’s something we’re going to have to continue to work on,” said manager Kevin Cash. “It’s showing up too much and ultimately, that’s on me.”
Houston had 12 hits. Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis, who won Friday night’s game with home runs in the ninth, had two more hits each for the Astros.
The teams play each other again this afternoon with Chris Archer on the mound for Tampa Bay.