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Rays lose another game after an inability to get tying run home from third base

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The game was right there, 90 feet away.

All the Tampa Bay Rays had to do Monday night was close the distance, and they could have won another ballgame.

Instead, the runner was lost on third. And the game was lost in Colorado.

The Rays fell, 7-4, to the Colorado Rockies Monday night to return to their losing ways. But the Rays tried their best to come from behind in this one, scoring three times in the seventh to come within a run. But in the seventh, the team got Nick Franklin to third with one out. He stayed there. In the eighth, the team got Evan Longoria to third with none out. He stayed there.

Instead, with five chances, the Rays failed. Four of those were strikeouts, including Jason Motte striking out the side in the eighth (Corey Dickerson, Logan Morrison and Steven Souza) following Longoria’s triple.

“We’ve got to find a way to get those guys in,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “The guys know that. It just didn’t happen.”

The Rays had only six hits, although three of them were triples. Two of those were by Longoria.

The Rays have now lost 25 of their last 29 games. Only four of the 25 losses have been by one run. Overall, the Rays are 35-57.

Drew Smyly took the loss for Tampa Bay, falling to 2-11 on the season. Blake Snell pitches tonight for the Rays.

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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