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Rays hammered by Royals as losing streak grows even longer

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And now, for some good news for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Planes leave Kansas City every hour.
There are trains that leave town, and busses, and rental cars. There is walking. Just some way, any way, you have to let the Rays out of this town of terror before they get bludgeoned again. For Tampa Bay, this has not been a friendly town.

The Rays, in a nightmare of a skid, suffered its worst series of the year against the Kansas City Royals. In four games, they gave up 33 runs and 52 hits, and it was an upset whenever the Rays got out of an inning with little damage. All that scoffing about the Royals having too many all-stars? Heck, they might not have had enough.

For the Royals, Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez each had two-run homers.

The Rays, 3-15 over their past 18 games, finished their road trip. In the past two weeks, they have been swept in two four-game series.

Nathan Karns allowed six runs and nine hits in six innings, the latest rough start for Tampa Bay. Neither Matt Moore nor Matt Andriese made it five innings the first two games of the series, and Chris Archer allowed a career-high nine runs in his start.

Tampa Bay was in first place when this streak began and led the Red Sox by nine games. Now, they are in fourth, one game out of the cellar.

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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