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Rays suffer another shutout in losing to Blue Jays

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When the hitting for the Tampa Bay Rays flickers off, it is a terrible sight to see.

The Rays were shut out for the second time in four games Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field, losing 1-0 to the Toronto Blue Jays on a day when they flirted with being no-hit. The Rays are ranked 13th out of 15 American League teams in runs scored.

This time, it was the Blue Jays’ Marco Estrada who carried a perfect game into the eighth inning, the second straight game he had done that. It is the first time since Dave Stieb in 1988 that a pitcher had lost back-to-back no-hit bids after the eighth. For the Rays, Logan Forsythe broke up the perfect game by beating out an infield hit.

The Rays’ Nathan Karns was also pretty good, throwing no-hit baseball until the sixth. Toronto ended the day with six hits, Tampa bay with four. Rays’ batters struck out 15 times.

However, Toronto scored the only run it would need when Chris Colabello hit a home run in the top of the 12th inning of the game off Brandon Gomes.

The Rays have today off, but return to the Trop Friday night against the Boston Red Sox. Alex Colome (3-3) is scheduled to start for Tampa Bay.

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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