This time, not even one of their finest pitching performances could save the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays lost their fifth straight game Wednesday, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Seattle Mariners despite a masterful pitching performance by Chris Archer.
Archer threw eight innings of shutout baseball, allowing only two hits and striking out 12. Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, however, got the victory.
For the second straight game, relief pitcher Brad Boxberger gave up a home run in the late innings. This time, it was to Nelson Cruz, who plunked it into the Rays tank. Boxberger had struck out the first two batters of the ninth. Boxberger had then walked Seth Smith and Robinson Cano to bring up Cruz, who hit his 18th home run.
The Rays fell behind the Yankees by a game and a half with the loss.
The Rays will next travel to Baltimore.