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Cleveland sends spiraling Tampa Bay Rays to longest losing streak of season

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Uh-oh.

The reeling Tampa Bay Rays were clobbered again Tuesday night, losing a 6-0 game to Cleveland that took the Rays to depths they have not seen this season.

It was the sixth straight defeat for the Rays, a season-high, and it left the team seven games under .500. For the third consecutive night, the Rays were competitive until late.

This time, a three-run eighth inning by the Cleveland Indians did Tampa Bay in.

The Rays had only three hits for the night, and two of those came in the ninth inning when the team was already behind 6-0. Indians’ pitcher Corey Kluber struck out nine and went the distance for the victory.

Jose Ramirez and Juan Uribe had home runs off Steve Geltz in the eighth.

Rookie Blake Snell pitched better than his last effort, even though he fell to 0-2. He went 6 2/3 innings, and gave up two earned runs.

“Kluber is pretty good, to say the least,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “(I’m) stating the obvious. The bright spot is that we had a good pitcher, too. I was really happy with how he threw the ball. It was really impressive. He doesn’t waver.”

The Rays conclude their series with Cleveland today when Chris Archer pitches against Trevor Bauer.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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