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Rays: 4, Rangers: 6 - Rays can’t close out series win

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Of course it was Nick Solak

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

After yesterday’s 10-9, 4 hour loss to the Rangers last night, the Rays send Brendan McKay to try to salvage a series win and keep the Rays hot streak going.

McKay got into trouble early with a leadoff double to Delino Deshields. A walk to Nick Solak put two on with two outs brought Danny Santana to the plate.

Rays answered (kind of) in the 2nd inning, opening the inning with 4 straight singles, with NOBODY out.

Even though the Rays have been hot recently, they still have their moments of disappointment as they only were able to score 1 run in this inning to tie the game.

In the 4th inning, Brendan McKay got the first batter, Ronald Guzman to ground out. However, things unraveled a bit, as Jose Trevino and Delino Desheilds singled to put two runners on with 1 out, with Deshields’ single coming after a replay challenge by the Rangers overturned the original out call.

That would be the end of the night for McKay, who lasted 3.1 IP and gave up 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, and 2 Ks.

“But wait!” you say, “The game is still tied right?”. Yes... FOR NOW.

Peter Fairbanks was called upon to extinguish the fire, and gave up a broken bat bloop single to Elvis Andrus.

Next batter + wild pitch = Another Ranger run.

And to top it off, Nick Solak hits a 2-run HR off Fairbanks, because of course he does.

5-1 Rangers. Solak is going to haunt us like Joey Rickard, isn't he?

Rays weren’t out of it, however, as they opened the 5th inning with a Mike Zunino single and Avisail Garcia walk. That brought up Austin Meadows, who continued his AL Player of the Week campaign.

Tommy Pham kept the hits coming, singling home Austin Meadows and putting the Rays within striking distance.

That would be the end of the Rays rally, and they left it at 5-4. Another Ranger run would come in the bottom of the 7th with a towering Odor HR.

The only other Rays’ scoring opportunity came in the top of the 7th with Choi making it to 2nd base after he walked and Duffy singled.

Fairbanks, Colin Poche, and Diego Castillo went 3.0 IP with 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, and 4 Ks.

Sulser covered the last 1.2 IP with 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, and 2 Ks, which was great, but the Rays bats were lost for the rest of the night.

Final: Rays: 4, Rangers: 6. Tampa Bay Rays head to California for a 3 game series with the LA Angels. First pitch is at 10:07 PM with Uncle Charlie against Andrew Heaney.