Missed chances cost Rays in sloppy 5-4 loss to Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — All those stranded runners in the early innings cost the Tampa Bay Rays in the end.
Pinch-hitter Odubel Herrera’s RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory over the Rays on Wednesday.
The Phillies lost a franchise-record 62 games before the All-Star break, but are 5-1 since returning. They swept a three-game set against Miami and took two of three from the Rays to win consecutive series for the first time since last September.
Tampa loaded the bases off Adam Morgan with one in the second inning, but Rene Rivera struck out and pitcher Jake Odorizzi grounded out. They had runners on first and second with no outs in the third and didn’t score. They got runners to second and third with no outs in the fourth and left them there.
“We’re in a funk right now,” manager Kevin Cash said. “We had opportunity after opportunity. We’ve got to make our own breaks. We just didn’t execute to get it done.”
Domonic Brown led off the 10th with a single off Brad Boxberger (4-6) and advanced on a sacrifice. After a bouncer to the mound for the second out, Herrera lined the 11th pitch he saw to left-center to drive in Brown.
Herrera was mobbed by teammates after rounding first and was taken down to the ground by Jonathan Papelbon as players piled on.
“He did a real good job battling,” Boxberger said. “You have to give him credit. I wasn’t as sharp going out for my second inning.”
Papelbon (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. The All-Star closer got help from his defense in the ninth after Logan Forsythe walked to lead off and went to third on a single by David DeJesus. James Loney then grounded into a first-to-second double play with Forsythe staying at third while DeJesus was caught in a rundown. Third baseman Andres Blanco then saved a run with an outstanding, barehanded catch and throw to retire Jake Elmore on a slow grounder.
The Phillies appeared to take a 5-4 lead in the eighth but a video review changed the call. Freddy Galvis hit a bouncer to first baseman Loney with one out and the bases loaded. Loney stepped on the bag and threw home. Cody Asche seemed to slide under catcher Rene Rivera’s tag and plate umpire Chris Conroy called him safe. But the Rays challenged and it was overturned after a video review that lasted 3:42.
Logan Forsythe hit a solo homer and RBI double for the Rays.
“It’s a gut check for all of us,” Cash said. “We’re going home and have to flip the switch.”
The Phillies went ahead 4-3 in the sixth off relievers Brandon Gomes and Xavier Cedeno. Asche hit an RBI double and scored the go-ahead run when first baseman Loney didn’t field Ben Revere’s bouncer for an error.
Phillies rookie Adam Morgan pitched out of several jams early in the game but couldn’t make it past the fifth. The rookie lefty allowed three runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Rays starter Jake Odorizzi gave up two runs and five hits, striking out five in five innings.
Evan Longoria snapped an 0-for-20 slump with an RBI double in the fifth. Forsythe followed with a double to tie it at 2-2 and chase Morgan. Justin De Fratus entered and walked pinch-hitter David DeJesus. Pinch-hitter Loney then lined an RBI single to left-center for a 3-2 lead.
Rays: LHP Drew Smyly will throw a regular bullpen session Friday. Smyly threw live batting practice on Tuesday. He’s recovering from a torn left labrum.
Rays: RHP Chris Archer (9-7, 2.73) starts Friday night against Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (7-7, 4.96) in the opener of a three-game home series vs. the Orioles.