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Rays nearing the bottom as their worst-ever losing streak continues

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From here, you can see the bottom.

The freefall of the Tampa Bay Rays continued Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. It was the team’s 21st loss in their last 24 games, and it brought the Rays to within 3 ½ games of the Minnesota Twins, who are last in the American League

The Rays, like most of the month, didn’t have enough going on Saturday. Matt Moore started and gave up two earned runs and two unearned. They didn’t have enough defense (Steven Souza misplayed a fly ball in center). They didn’t have enough hitting (seven hits).

“We’ve been inconsistent on defense,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “Those defensive miscues, when you’re in a down funk like this, show up. Any mstake we make, it’s allowing a run or two to get over.”

Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison had two hits each for the Rays.

It led to the team’s fifth straight loss and their 10th in 11 games.

Rick Porcello picked up his 11th win for Boston. Xander Boegarts hit a two-run homer.

The Rays finish the first part of their schedule today when Jake Odorizzi pitches against David Price.

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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