Rays Lose Kiermaier, Fall To White Sox 2-1 In 11-inningsFollow @Steve_Kinsella1
The Tampa Bay Rays were 1-out away from seeing their four game losing streak come to an end, but James McCann connected on a solo homer to tie the game at 1-1.
Adam Kolarek (3-3, 4.03 ERA) takes the loss for Tampa Bay who see their losing streak reach a season high five straight and fall to 56-45 on the season.
In addition to losing the game it also appears as if the Rays will be without centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier for an extended period for the fourth straight season. The injury occured as he jammed his thumb into first in beating out an infield single in the bottom of the eighth. He had entered the game as a defensive replacement for Austin Meadows in the top of the inning.
Ryan Yarbrough worked the first six innings allowing just two hits while striking out five and walking none. He threw 75 pitches with 53 for strikes.
Avisail Garcia homered on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the seventh, hitting the 2008 AL East Championship banner in left field.
Oliver Drake entered the game in the eighth inning and gave up a single to pinch hitter Ryan Goins who moved to second on a ground out. Adam Engel drew a walk but Drake struck out Leury Garcia to end the threat.
Pagan struckout Jose Abreu before giving up a game tying homer to James McCann. He retired Welington Castillo to avoid further damage. Adam Kolarek worked a scoreless 10th but walked Yoan Moncada to open the ninth before being replaced by Chaz Roe.
Roe allowed an infield chopper to Jose Abreu against the shift and Yoan Moncada who was on the move with the pitch was able to score from first with the eventual game winning run.
Lucas Giolito worked 6.2-innings allowing one earned run on seven hits while striking out nine and walking none. He threw 101 pitches with 72 for strikes.
Aaron Bummer kept the Rays scoreless for 1.1-innings before exiting the game after the end of the eighth. Evan Marshall took over in the bottom of the ninth and he worked a scoreless fram. Jace Fry worked a scoreless 10th. Alex Colome worked the ninth and kept the lead intact securing the White Sox victory.
The Rays and White Sox will finish their three game series Sunday afternoon at 1:05. Blake Snell (5-7, 4.55 ERA) will take the mound for Tampa Bay. The White Sox counter with young flame thrower Dylan Cease (1-1, 5.73 ERA).