Right now, there seems to be advantage the Tampa Bay Rays cannot overcome.
A great start by the pitcher? Matt Moore retired the first 13 batters he faced. But over the next two innings, he gave up six hits and five runs.
A good start by the offense? The Rays scored three times in the first and had six of their first seven hitters reach base. However, the Rays never scored again.
It all added up for the Rays in a 6-3 loss to Baltimore, the seventh straight game the team has lost to a first-place opponent. In all, the Rays have lost eight straight and have fallen to 31-40 on the season.
“You have to add on,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said. “Three is probably not enough.”
Adam Jones and Manny Machado each homered for Baltimore.
Corey Dickerson had a two-run homer for the Rays in the first.
The Rays play Baltimore in a day-night doubleheader today. Matt Andriese (6-0) pitches against Kevin Gausman, who is 0-5 on the season. Jake Odorizzi (3-3) will go against Chris Tillman (10-1) in the night game.