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Rays’ Drew Smyly pitches well, but Rays’ bullpen loses game

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The Tampa Bay Rays let another one get away Tuesday afternoon.

The Rays gave up four runs in the eighth inning and lost a 5-2 decision to Philadelphia Monday afternoon. It was the fourth loss in five games to a National League team.

Rays’ starter Drew Smyly, however, was effective in his 4.2 innings, allowing only three hits and one run. Kevin Kiermaier hit a home run.

“I’m feeling great right now,” Smyly said. “Confident, very comfortable. Just trying to get my work in and go out and have fun.”

But the Rays couldn’t hold the lead. Reliever Xavier Cedeno gave up four earned runs to take the loss.

The Rays are off today, but Jake Odorizzi will pitch in a Class A 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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