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Tampa Bay Rays outlast Toronto to capture a 10-8 comeback victory

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They won it. They lost it. Then they won it again. The Tampa Bay Rays won a wild one against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night, winning 10-8 after losing a 6-2 lead. For the third time in five games, the Rays jumped on the opposing starter. Toronto’s Francisco Liriano lasted only one-third of an inning, giving up five earned runs and leaving with an ERA of 135.00. But the Blue Jays pecked away at the lead, and went ahead…

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Rays give up back-to-back homers in ninth to lose to Astros

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For a last-place team, most nights end in disappointment. Still, there are the routine losses, and the wipeouts. There are boring losses. There are losses by the rotation and the batting order. Then, there are games like this, where the defeat reminds you of the standings. The Tampa Bay Rays dropped a 5-4 game to the Houston Astros Friday night as closer Alex Colome, the team’s all-star this year, gave up back-to-back homers in the bottom of the ninth to…

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Rays’ relief pitchers Alex Colome doesn’t get into the AL’s victory over NL

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The American League won its annual All-Star Game Tuesday night without any help at all from the Tampa Bay Rays. Alex Colome, the relief pitcher from the Rays, didn’t get into the game as AL won a 4-2 decision. The AL used 10 pitchers in the game, won by Corey Kluber. Not one of them was Colome, who had saved 19 straight games going in. Eric Hosmer of Kansas City hit a two-run home run to lead the American League.…

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It’s no surprise that the Tampa Bay Rays are struggling at the All-Star break

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The major league All-Star game will proceed without the Tampa Bay Rays. Without any arguments for their players, either. Oh, relief pitcher Alex Colome made it to the game with 19 saves this season. And Evan Longoria, hitting .289 with 19 homers, was eliminated in the voting for the final slot. Hey, you could even get a debate going in the name of second-baseman Logan Forsythe, who is hitting .285. But, really, after that, all arguments are closed.  No one…

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Rays’ relief pitcher Alex Colome an all-star; Evan Longoria in voting for final slot

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Turns out, the AL All-Stars may need some relief, too. The All-Stars turned to Rays’ closer Alex Colome Tuesday as the Rays’ selection to the game. Colome has 19 saves in 19 opportunities and a 1.76 ERA. “First of all, we’re very excited about Alex,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “I think that’s awesome. Very much earned for Alex, a guy that has come through the system and has really taken to his role. As far as for Evan, I think…

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Giants get to Alex Colome as Rays lose their third straight game

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This time, Alex Colome of the Tampa Bay Rays did not have the magic. Colome gave up a three-run homer to Joe Panik in the ninth inning Saturday, snapping a 3-3 tie and sending the Rays to their third straight loss, 6-4 to the San Francisco Giants. It snapped Colome’s scoreless streak at 19 appearances and 21 innings pitches. It was the first runs he had allowed since May 1. It was only the second home run he has given up…

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Rays’ Alex Colome stays perfect with his 18th save of the season

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The bases were loaded. A good hitter was at the plate. A one-run lead seemed kind of shaky. Yep. Alex Colome had the Houston Astros just where he wanted them. Colome pitched his way out of trouble again Friday night, getting his 18th straight save as the Rays stopped Houston, 4-3. The Rays are now 28-31 and within reach of .500 again. Colome struck out Colby Rasmus, then he coaxed a ground ball out of Evan Gattis. Shortstop Brad Miller…

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