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Rays hit three more homers, but score too few against Mariners

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The Tampa Bay Rays keep hitting the ball a long way. They also keep having very little to show for it.

Take Tuesday night, when Tampa Bay got three home runs in its game against Seattle … which accounted for three runs. The Mariners, on the other hand, hit two out and scored five runs off it in a 6-4 victory.

It’s been that way all year. The Rays came into the game hitting .225, their worst to this point of the season by 10 full points. Yet, they have a club record 44 home runs. Of those homers, however, 32 have been solo shots. Tampa Bay has scored 61 of 108 runs via the home run.

Steve Pearce hit two homers for the Rays.

It has amassed too few runs for the Rays, who are now under .500 again (15-16) for the season. For instance, Tuesday night, the Rays had three home runs and only three other hits.

The Mariners scored three in the first and three more in the fourth for their win. Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run homer, and Dae-Ho Lee hit a three-run homer to provide Seattle with its cushion.

Drew Smyly took the loss for the Mariners, allowing 10 hits and all six runs for the Rays.

The Rays have lost the first two games of the series. Chris Archer pitches for the Rays today to try to avoid the sweep.

 

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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