Anything But Comfortable, Rays Extend Win Streak To Six

Rays Offense Provides Plenty Of Padding In 9-5 Win

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The Tampa Bay Rays won their sixth consecutive game defeating the Baltimore Orioles 9-5.  The six game win streak is the longest in the Kevin Cash era and longest for the Rays since July 12 though 26, 2014.

Despite the margin of victory, the win was anything but comfortable. The Orioles outhit the Rays 16-13, but hit into four double play balls. The double play balls came in the second, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.

Chris Archer (2-1, 6.61 ERA) picks up the win to improve the Rays record to 10-13. Along with winning six in a row the Rays are 9-5 their last 14 games.

“I thought Arch [Chris Archer] threw the ball really well,” Kevin Cash said. “Much better than his stat line. I was impressed that he got a 6-0 lead and threw 80 strikes in 115 pitches. It was kind of a more here it is hit it approach.”

Bullpen Bends But Doesn’t Break:

Following Archer to the mound was Chaz Roe, Jose Alvarado, Sergio Romo, and Alex Colome.  Roe induced a double play ball off the bat of Trey Mancini to end a sixth inning threat.  Alvarado got Chris Davis to bounce into a double play in the seventh. Romo allowed a home run, a single, and hit a batter before getting Trey Mancini to ground into a double play.

Dylan Bundy (1-3, 2.97 ERA) takes the loss for the Orioles who fall to 6-19 on the year. He worked just 4.1-innings allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hit. He struck out four and walked one.

Electric Offense Continues:

The Rays continued their impressive run scoring eight or more runs for the fifth straight game.

  • Carlos Gomez finished 2-for-5 with a stolen base and and 2-runs scored. It’s his first multi-hit game since April 10th in Chicago against the White Sox. He has hits in his last three games.
  • Brad Miller went 2-for-5 to record his first multi-hit game of the season.
  • Daniel Robertson went 2-for-5 to boost his average to .346/.493/.558. He extended his hitting streak to six straight games. He’s batting .458 (11-for-24) in that span.
  • Joey Wendle went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .338/.405/.508. He has hit in six straight games and is batting .500 (12-for-24) in that span.
  • Wilson Ramos went 2-for-4 with a home run. He extended his hitting streak to seven straight games. He’s batting .423 (11-for-23) in that span.
  • Mallex Smith went 2-for-3 with a stolen base. He’s batting .403 (21-for-52) over his last 14 games to raise his average from .188 to .353.
  • C.J. Cron and Wilson Ramos each homered.

Crazy Eights:

The Rays scored eight or more runs for the fifth consecutive game. Prior to this streak they had never scored eight or more runs in more than three consecutive games.

Cron’s Blast Opens Scoring:

C.J. Cron belted his sixth homer of the season driving in Denard Span to give Chris Archer and the Rays a quick 2-0 lead. Cron has now hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games with 5 homers and 15 RBI. He ‘s hitting .340 (17-for-50) over that span and has 6 multi-hit ames.

Cron: Power Comes In Bunches:

After his two homer game on Saturday night against the Minnesota Twins, he said, “I do think power comes in bunches.” Adding that he believed that “as an offense as a whole we can keep hitting and keep giving the pitchers some runs.”

Ramos Homers In Second:

Joey Wendle opened the second inning with a hustle double and came around to score on Wilson Ramos’ second homer of the season. Ramos has an extra base-hit in six consecutive starts, tying the longest such streak for a Rays catcher since J.P. Arencibia from September 1 through 9, 2015.  He is batting .343 (12-for-35) with 4 doubles, two homers and 6 RBI over his last 11 games (10 starts).

Hech Sets Franchise Mark:

Adeinny Hechavarria hasn’t made an error in a franchise record of 72 games. His last year came on July 30, 2017. He turned an Anthony Santander groundball into an out in the third inning to set the franchise shortstop mark for consecutive chances without an error.

Up Next For Rays:

The Rays hope to continue their winning ways, but to do so they’ll have to do it in Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.  The three game series opens Friday night at 7:10 with a matchup of lefties. Blake Snell (3-1, 2.54 ERA) takes the mound for the Rays. The Red Sox counter with Drew Pomeranz (0-0, 7.36 ERA).

 

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