The dryly swept Rays

Rays swept dry


The Tampa Bay Rays may want to quickly forget their recent three-game series against the Houston Astros, who were swept away in a third 5-2 loss Wednesday at Tropicana Field . 

The Florida team can at least console themselves by saying that they finally scored points, those who had been shut out in the first two duels.

< p>By virtue of an option from David Peralta in the sixth inning and a solo homer from Isaac Paredes in the next turn at bat, the crowd favorites were still in good position to win , who led 2-1 after Paredes struck.

Aledmys Diaz, however, tied the game with a single on the eighth, while Kyle Tucker, the next hitter, allowed him to complete his lap of the trails with a two-run homer.

The Gunner Brooks Raley (1-2), who relieved starter Corey Kluber for this inning, saw the loss added to his record.

Diaz was also the one who produced the first point of the winners , again with a single, in the first inning. Martin Maldonado, with a solo homer in the ninth inning, scored the fifth run.

Pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (4-1) had a good outing for the Astros, putting eight opponents in the dust. He was finally retired after seven innings of work, giving up the two runs, on six hits and two free passes.

The Rays won't have time to digest this sweep for long as they will have an equally imposing test from Thursday to Sunday, when the Toronto Blue Jays will be in Florida for a series of four games.

Marlins squander lead

Leading 3-0 after six innings, the Marlins were unable to keep the Chicago Cubs at bay in Miami, who eventually triumphed 4-3.

Patrick Wisdom started the comeback with a long solo pitch in the seventh inning. However, it was on the next attack that the visitors did the most damage, crossing the plate three times to take the lead.

Reliever Steven Okert (5-5) was the victim of that comeback, he who gave up all three runs in the eighth inning, only one earned, despite allowing no hits and two walks. A sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly and an optional allowed the Cubs to score these points.

For his part, Quebecer Charles Leblanc saw his streak of games with at least two hits come to an end at three. The 26-year-old was only able to reach the trails once, thanks to a base on balls.