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Giants get to Alex Colome as Rays lose their third straight game

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This time, Alex Colome of the Tampa Bay Rays did not have the magic.

Colome gave up a three-run homer to Joe Panik in the ninth inning Saturday, snapping a 3-3 tie and sending the Rays to their third straight loss, 6-4 to the San Francisco Giants.

It snapped Colome’s scoreless streak at 19 appearances and 21 innings pitches. It was the first runs he had allowed since May 1. It was only the second home run he has given up in 71.1 innings since he moved to the bullpen.

“I missed a pitch,” Colome said. “My cutter, every time, goes down. This one [went] flat like a slider. It didn’t do any rotation, like a fastball. No break. … It’s only one bad pitch. I don’t have an excuse. I’m ready for tomorrow. I feel good … It’s only a bad day. We’re human.”

Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said he was not concerned.

“Not at all,” Cash said. “He’s been outstanding. He got burnt by a mistake and that is what it is. Hopefully he’s pitching for us again tomorrow because if he is that means we’re winning the game.”

The Rays hit four home runs in the game, but all of them were solo shots. It was the first time the Rays have lost while hitting four since September of 2014.

Today, Jake Odorizzi pitches against Jake Peavy in the final game of the series.

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

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