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Rays strand eight more runners in loss to Toronto Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays have been stranded.

Pretty much, that sums up the team’s 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night.

 The Rays drove in only one of nine runners in scoring position, and they’ve driven in only one of 26 on the homestand.

“We’re going to get going offensively. We just didn’t,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Hopefully, we’ll turn it around. We know we’re better than what we’ve done the last couple of nights offensively. The guys are going to get some big hits. Like we always said, it’s going to take one or two, and it seems like it kind of keeps the line moving.”

Cash was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

Drew Smyly took the loss, allowing only two runs (both on homers). He struck out eight.

““I thought I made a lot of good pitches, just a couple of pitches went for home runs, and we couldn’t score,” Smyly said.

Chris Archer pitches for the Rays tonight.

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

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