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Rays start slowly again, drop a 5-3 decision to Baltimore

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Once again, the Tampa Bay Rays dug a hole too deep to climb out of Sunday.

Tampa Bay lost a 5-3 game to the Baltimore Orioles after giving up four runs in the second inning, including a two-run home run by Manny Machado. Machado went four-for-four with two singles, a doubled, scored twice and knocked two runs in.

The Rays got back to within 4-3 and loaded the bases in the eighth, but Hank Conger struck out on a pitch inside to end the threat.

“We’re still falling behind a little more than we’re accustomed to,” said manager Kevin Cash.

Corey Dickerson hit a home run for the Rays. Starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi took the loss. The Rays have now surrendered 10 home runs in five games. The starters are 0-4 on the season.

Tampa Bay returns home Tuesday night to play against the Cleveland Indians.

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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