By Bradley Walker, 1010 Sports

Tampa (CBS) With 13, 333 in attendance at Tropicana Field Tuesday night, the Tampa Bay Rays managed to tally only one hit through 8 innings against Jays’ starter Rick Romero in a 3-1 loss to open up a 10-game homestand against Toronto.

We can only hope this game is not an indication of the troubles that lie ahead for a team that has struggled at home this season.

With a loss for the Rays (56-52) and wins for Boston and New York last night, Tampa Bay sits 11 games behind Boston and only 1/2 game in front of the Blue Jays for third place.

David Price (9-10) started for the Rays and went 6 2/3 innings giving up five hits and three earned runs. Two of the Jays’ runs came from solo homers by Yunel Escobar and MLB home run leader Jose Bautista (32).

Price pitched a game that gave his team a chance to win, but Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero had other ideas. He gave up one solo home run to Desmond Jennings in the sixth inning which would turn out to be one of three hits and only run for the Rays. Romero held his composure early when he was able to overcome a bases loaded, no out mess in the second inning.

The Rays could not punish Romero early in the game and as a result Tampa Bay dropped another game that can be blamed on their lack of offensive production. Price will take the loss but he certainly doesn’t deserve it. The Rays are far below their potential on offense this season and the pitching staff has been left out to dry as a result.

If Tampa Bay ends up below .500 after this 10-game homestand then they might as well throw in the towel. The fans are losing patience, and the the Rays’ sports writers are tired of covering a losing effort.


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