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Rays’ losing streak extends to 10 games in a row against Orioles

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Here’s a simple question:

Will the Tampa Bay Rays win another baseball game? Ever?

The bashing to the Rays continued Saturday, when the team was humbled by the Baltimore Orioles in defeats of 5-0 and 8-6. It stretched the Rays loss to 10 games, a stretch in which they have surrendered 60 runs.

In the nightcap, the Rays led 4-0 after three innings. But then the Orioles turned it on, outscoring Tampa Bay 8-2 the rest of the way. The Rays now trail Baltimore by 12 ½ games in the AL East.

“Long day at the ballpark,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said. “It’s longer when you lose a game like that. We just came up short. We’re competing. The effort is there. We’re just not making the big pitch or getting the big hit.”

The Rays led 4-0 and had a chance to increase it by two, maybe three runs, but Baltimore centerfielder Adam Jones made a diving catch on a ball hit by Jaff Decker.

Baltimore’s comeback centered around the home run ball. Matt Wieters hit two out for the O’s. Jones and Chris Davis also hit homers.

The Rays had a good night hitting the ball, too, with 14 hits. Logan Morrison and Brad Miller each had three hits. Logan Forsythe, Corey Dickerson and Desmond Jennings all had two. However, the Rays did not score after the fifth inning.

“I wouldn’t say anyone is playing tight,” Cash said.

Pitcher Jake Odorizzi gave up five earned runs in five innings. Erasmo Ramirez took the loss, his sixth in 13 decisions.

Today, Drew Smyly of the Rays pitches against Tyler Wilson.

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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