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Tim Beckham goes five-for-five as Rays win their second straight game

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So what’s so hard about this “baseball” stuff, anyway?

The Tampa Bay Rays are suddenly a hot streak. Or, at least-their version of one. The Rays have won two in a row, scoring 11 runs in an 11-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. It was the second straight game in which the team scored double digits. It was the first time the Rays have won back to back games since a three-game winning streak from June 12-14.

The Rays are back to within 20 games of .500, and while that’s not much to brag about, it’s a start.

Chris Archer improved his record to 5-13 with the win, going six innings and allowing only two earned runs. He struck out 11.

The Rays, who had scored 10 the previous game, have now had 29 hits over the past two games.

Tim Beckham went five-for-five with the Rays, even though he exited the game hitting only .206. Corey Dickerson had three and Evan Longoria and Steven Souza had two each.

The Rays led 4-2 going into the fourth, but their second five-run inning in two games blew it open.

Tampa Bay opens a three-game swing against the A’s tonight when Matt Moore pitches against Sonny Gray.

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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