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Have you heard this before? The Rays lose to a first-place team

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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.

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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