ST. PETERSBURG (CBS) Jeff Niemann just can’t seem to figure out the Texas Rangers’ offense.
He was on the losing end of an 8-0 result Tuesday night, and didn’t make any improvements from his last start against Texas in Arlington on September 1st. In the two games against the Rangers he’s posted a combined ERA of 7.76 with 15 hits allowed and 12 earned runs to his name.
In defeat, the Rays (77-64) fall eight games behind Boston in the AL Wild Card and 10 1/2 back from New York in the division.
The pitchers were on two opposite ends of the spectrum last night. Niemann left in the fourth after giving up seven earned runs on nine hits. C.J Wilson pitched nine shutout innings with five hits allowed and six strikeouts.
Tampa Bay didn’t have any extra base hits against Wilson, which was disappointing considering how well they did at the plate on Monday night.
After a night of dominance in the complete game win for James Shields, the Rangers unleashed their frustration on Niemann, with two solo homers and an offensive beating led by Rangers’ right-fielder David Murphy. He went 4-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs.
Offensively the Rays just haven’t been getting it done. They have been playing .500 ball since the all-star break, and it won’t be good enough to reach the playoffs with 20 games left on the regular season schedule.
David Price will face Derek Holland tonight in the final game of this three-game series. The Boston Red Sox come to town on Friday for another three-game set. The first pitch is at 7:10 PM ET.