Tampa Bay Loses 10th Straight Game
(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Rookie Jacob Reamulto drove in three runs in his Major League debut, helping Miami down Tampa Bay 11-6 on Thursday night. The Marlins completed a four-game sweep of the Rays who have now lost 10 consecutive games.
Tampa Bay took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when James Loney drove in David DeJesus with a sacrifice fly.
From there it was all Miami, scoring three runs in both the fourth and sixth to hold a 6-3 advantage.
Reamulto's first career hit came in the fourth when he broke a 1-1 tie with a two-RBI single. He added a second hit in the sixth, giving the Marlins a 5-3 advantage.
The Rays fought their way back to within one run, utilizing a pair of run scoring hits from Matt Joyce and Jerry Sands in the bottom of the second. However, a Giancarlo Stanton two-run blast in the seventh helped put the game out of reach. Marcell Ozuna added a two-run homer in the ninth for the final margin.
Despite striking out eight batters without a walk, Jake Odorizzi took the loss giving up four runs in just five innings of work. Miami's Jacob Turner got the win, tossing five and one-third innings and giving up five runs on eight hits.
Tampa Bay has lost 10 in a row with their last win coming against the Boston Red Sox on May 25, the last of a three game sweep. The Rays hold the worst record in MLB, sitting at 23-38, and are 14 games out of first place in the AL East.
"This team's too good for that," said Rays manager Joe Maddon. "There's too much talent on this team to go through this particular moment. I'm really not into the blame game. We're all culpable when it doesn't go well. I mean that sincerely. It's a good ballclub. These are good baseball players."
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