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Tampa Bay once again loses a game in extra innings

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The Tampa Bay Rays evidently don’t like working late.

The Rays lost another extra-inning game Tuesday night, falling 8-7 to the Detroit Tigers in 13 innings. This time, it was a shallow sacrifice fly to left off the bat of Rajai Davis. Davis had earlier hit his third home run in two days against Tampa Bay.

The Rays held a 5-1 lead in the sixth inning, but immediately gave up a four-run bottom of the sixth to Detroit. The Tigers had entered the game in a slide, winning only three of 19 games. However, they have won two straight one-run games.

Not that that’s new. The Rays are now 24-26 in one-run games this season. In extra innings, the Rays are 2-12, which helps to explain that the team is four games under .500 for the first time all season.

Tampa Bay has lost three straight to fall six games out of the second wild-card position.

The Rays tied the score in the ninth on Evan Longoria’s sacrifice fly.

James McCann led off the 13th with an infield single, and Andrew Bellatti couldn’t handle a bunt attempt by Jefry Marte. Andrew Romine laid down a bunt to put runners and second and third, and Davis then hit a shallow fly ball, and McCann broke for the plate. Grady Sizemore’s throw home was weak.

Jake Odorizzi starts for the Rays in the last game of the road trip tonight against Detroit’s Kyle Lobstein.

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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