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Rays lose another as their streak falls to nine games in a row

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The undefeated pitcher didn’t make it out of the fifth. The winless pitcher threw a four-hitter.

And, for the Tampa Bay Rays, the losing goes on.

The Rays dropped a 5-0 game to the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday afternoon, stretching their losing streak to nine straight games with no sign of relief. If the Rays had a shot at finally beating a first place team, it figured to be Saturday. Rays’ starting pitcher Matt Andriese was 6-0; O’s starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was 0-5.

But the Rays are in one of their hitting funks. During the 8-game losing streak, the Rays have been outscored 52-18. The Rays have batted .186 (55-for-292) during the slide.

The Rays turn to Jake Odorizzi to try to end the streak Saturday night.

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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