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Rays finally win a baseball game big as rookie Blake Snell pitches well

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Consider the struggles of the Tampa Bay Rays over the last month. Would this really be a place you would look for near-perfection?

And not even by the other team?

The Rays, losing their way through the baseball season, had one of those rare nights where everything clicked Tuesday night.

Rookie pitcher Blake Snell, for instance, was almost flawless in throwing seven innings of one-hit baseball in an 10-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Snell gave up only a leadoff single to Charlie Blackmon, who hit a full count into centerfield. Snell had been ahead of Blackmon 0-2 during the at bat.

Snell, making his first start in 12 days, struck out nine hitters to get his second win (against four losses).

“We’ve been extremely positive with everything that Blake has done since he’s been here.,” manager Kevin Cash said. “This justifies it, but it’s unfair to expect a ton out of a guy who’s making his debut. Today, we saw the elite pitcher we’ve heard about for some time.”

He had plenty of support. The top five batters in the lineup combined for 11 hits. Corey Dickerson had three, while Evan Longoria, Logan Forsythe, Brad Miller and Steve Pearce each had two. Longoria and Pearce — in his game back from the disabled list — had home runs.

Trevor Story hit a home run to get the Rockies on the board when it was 10-0.

The Rays led 1-0, then added five runs in the third.

For the Rays, it was a rare easy night. The Rays had lost three of their previous four, nine of their previous 10 and 25 of their previous 29.

The Rays and Rockies finish their season today as Chris Archer throws against Jorge De La Rosa. Archer is 4-13 on the season.

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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