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.