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May 31, 2011

Rays 5, Rangers 4 (F)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer off Arthur Rhodes in the eighth inning, one of three Tampa Bay homers hit in the game with two outs, and the Rays sent the Rangers to a 5-4 loss Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

Rhodes entered for a lefty-lefty matchup against Johnny Damon after Mark Lowe got the first two outs of the eighth. Damon reached on a broken bat single that shortstop Elvis Andrus just missed as he raced back into shallow left field. Longoria, hitting in the cleanup spot for the first time in four games, hit a 3-1 pitch just beyond the left-field wall.

C.J. Wilson allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings but left with a no-decision. His undoing was two home runs, a solo shot by Sean Rodriguez in the third and a two-run blast by Matt Joyce in the seventh. Wilson allowed only three hits, walked four and struck out 10 to become the first lefty in club history to record four 10-strikeout games in a season.

Tampa Bay scored all of its runs in the bottom of innings in which the Rangers had just taken the lead.

The Rangers lost for the 11th time this season in a game decided in a team's final at-bat. Eight of those have come on the road. The loss also snapped the Rangers' three-game winning streak.

The offense did enough, getting two-out RBI singles by Adrian Beltre and Michael Young in the third and seventh innings as well as a one-out RBI single by Ian Kinsler in the seventh. Nelson Cruz scored in the eighth on a wild pitch to break a 3-3 tie.

-- Jeff Wilson




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Lowe looked fantastic for the first two outs of the bottom 8th and throwing 97 mph for strikes. With four outs to go for a big road win against a good team, it's time for 'Bullpen Bingo'. There goes Wash to the mound who takes the ball from Lowe and hands it one of our mush-armed lefties; you know one of two who are closer to social security than the prime of their careers.

By my count, this makes 9 games that either Oliver or Rhodes was on the mound when either the tying run has scored and/or the winning run has scored. It could be more. FWST, I see a basis for an artical here.

I'd love to know what Wash expects to happen differently the next time he hands one of those two the ball, which our stubborn mule of a manager surely will.

Secondly, if Wash wants Rhodes (lefty) for the lefty Damon, why doesn't he go to Feliz (who was surely ready, or should have been) for the righty Longoria instead of leaving Rhodes in?

Put this one on Wash,..again.

excellent analysis. for what seems like the 100th time in teh past 3 years, I have to read another "my fault" comment from DimeBag Ron. our bullpen is crappy and in need of help this year, but not having Feliz ready to pitch to Longoria is beyond stupid and DimeBag makes this mistake all the time.

stupid avoidable losses like this add up. this year it may end up making the difference between playoffs or golf course, whereas last year the rest of the West was so bad it didn't matter. turrible.

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