Rays need to call time-out after losing another game to Los Angeles

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For the Tampa Bay Rays, the upcoming all-star break cannot come quickly enough.

The free-falling Rays lost yet again Wednesday night, their 18th loss in their last 21 games. This time, they fell to a Los Angeles Angels team that isn’t having a great season itself. Wednesday night, however, behind Jered Weaver, the Angels looked solid.

The Rays? They lacked in both starting pitching and defense.

Drew Smyly lasted only four innings for the Rays, giving up all seven runs and eight hits. The Rays committed three errors behind him.

Evan Longoria, in the vote for the final slot on the all-star roster with four other players, had three hits and raised his average to .283.

“I thought that Drew, a little snake bit there in the inning where four runs came across,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said. “The first three base runners to get on were pretty well-located pitches. They found two bloop hits and a ground ball that found the hole. After that he makes a big pitch to get a potential double play that we didn’t turn. We have to help our pitchers out right there and make that play, no doubt.

“After that, he seemed like he maybe lost a little bit of the feel trying to go backdoor cutter on some pitches that he pulled across. Needless to say, it was probably too much early on to overcome.”

Today, the Rays play their final home game before the break. Blake Snell pitches for the Rays.

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