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Dodgers clobber Tampa Bay Rays behind Howie Kendrick, 10-5

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The Tampa Bay Rays don’t play the Los Angeles Dodgers very often.

Judging from Tuesday night’s result, perhaps that’s a good thing.

The Rays fell hard to the Dodgers, losing 10-5 to fall to 11-14 through their first 25 games. Pitcher Matt Moore in particular had a tough night, giving up seven earned runs in only 4 1/3 innings and striking out only two.

“He didn’t locate the ball as well as he should have, and they took advantage of him,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash.

Howie Kendrick went four-for-five, and Trayce Thompson had a single and a home run to lead the Dodgers, who scored more than any team has against the Rays this season.

The Rays tied the game at 3-3 on a two-run homer by Curt Casali, but the Dodgers came back with four runs in the fifth.

“I just threw the ball right over the plate,” Moore said. “It was a pretty poor job of keeping us in this game.”

Ex-Ray pitcher Scott Kazmir took the win for the Dodgers. Former Rays Carl Crawford, who is hitting only .192, pinch-hit for the Dodgers and scored a run. Reliever J.P. Howell, who has a 9.39 ERA, pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up a run.

The Rays play the Dodgers again tonight, with Drew Smyly pitching against Alex Wood.

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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