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Rays road skid is at 13

After trailing 11-1, Tampa Bay rallies but Jays still win 12-10.

By MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 21, 2002


After trailing 11-1, Tampa Bay rallies but Jays still win 12-10.

TORONTO -- One way to look at Saturday's ugly 12-10 loss to Toronto was the way the Rays came back, rallying from a 10-run deficit to pull within two in the ninth and leave the bases loaded.

The other way is to look at all the mistakes they made and say they had no right for a chaace at a victory.

"We battled like hell but we gave them too many runs," Rays manager Hal McRae said. "It's tough to overcome that many runs."

The Rays have lost seven straight and 15 of 16 overall, and 13 in a row on the road, the longest such skid in the American League since the 1991 Mariners.

Luis De Los Santos had a rough major-league debut, giving up nine runs on nine hits in four-plus innings and hitting three. And he wasn't the only problem as the Rays made four errors for the second straight game.

They gave up runs on a dropped sacrifice fly by Randy Winn, on a balk by Steve Kent, on a wild pitch by Jesus Colome, and two on a 15-foot ground ball that De Los Santos misplayed and threw wildly.

"It wasn't a good game by either side," McRae said. "But when you're the team that's down, when you're the team that's been doing all the giving, you've got to be happy with the effort."

After giving up four in the first and seven in the fifth, the Rays put together a big inning, scoring seven in the sixth with just one extra-base hit, a double by Andy Sheets. Four singles, three walks, a passed ball, a wild pitch and a Toronto error did the rest.

Two walks and run-scoring hits by John Flaherty and Chris Gomez made it 12-10 in the ninth with the bases loaded, but Jared Sandberg struck out.

"Ten runs today, 18 runs in two nights, and we didn't get a sniff," McRae said. "That's sort of rare. We've just got to keep plugging away."

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