When It Rains it Pours – Rays Lose 6-3 at Chicago, Fifth Loss in Six Games
The tough run for the Rays continued on a rainy Monday night at US Cellular Field. After taking a 2-0 lead three batters into the game, Chicago surged ahead by the fourth, and rolled to a 7-3 victory over Tampa Bay. The Rays lost 3 of 4 in the series, and have dropped 5 of 6 to fall to 11-15 on the season.
The Rays staked Jake Odorizzi to an early lead, but the righty continued to struggle. Odorizzi was knocked out in the fifth inning after allowing four runs and 10 baserunners. Had Matt Joyce not made a diving catch, Odorizzi would have been changed with two more runs. In 17.2 innings over the past four starts, Odorizzi has failed to last beyond five innings, and has given up 18 runs, 28 hits and nine walks.
Meanwhile, after scoring two in the first inning, the Rays managed just a run on six hits thereafter. Ben Zobrist had a pair of doubles and Desmond Jennings reached base three times, but the rest of the lineup collected just three hits and two walks.
The White Sox, among the top scoring teams in baseball in the month of April, put up seven or more runs for the third time in this series. Marcus Semien’s double gave Chicago the lead in the fourth. Adam Eaton hit a two-out two-run double off Jake McGee in the sixth to put the game out of reach. The White Sox scored six of their seven runs with two out.
Tampa Bay, now 1-3 on a three-city 10-game road trip, will visit Boston on Tuesday at 7:10 with Erik Bedard opposite John Lackey. Coverage on the Rays Radio Network begins at 6:30 p.m., and Dave and Andy will have the play-by-play.