Sunday Worst: Rays Swept By Phillies At Home

ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- For probably the first time this season, the "bullpen day" concept didn't work for the Tampa Bay Rays, as Ryan Yarbrough allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings of work, and the Philadelphia Phillies jumped on the late bullpen for five more runs in the eighth as Tampa Bay got swept for the first time at home since last July with a 10-4 decision Sunday st Tropicana Field.

YARBROUGH TATTOOED IN THIRD: The left-hander had not allowed more than one run in any of his first three outings, but got jumped on in the third inning of Sunday's contest. Andrew Knapp started with a base hit to right field, with Pedro Florimon doubling to left.  Cesar Hernandez reached on a fielding error by Daniel Robertson, allowing Knapp to score to cut Tampa Bay's lead to 2-1.  Carlos Santana lined to right and Odubel Herrera flew out to left, but Yarbrough hit Rhys Hoskins with a pitch to load the bases and Scott Kingery unloaded them with a double to center to give Philadelphia the lead 4-2.

SPAN LEADS OFF WITH BIG BLAST: The Rays got off to an early lead as Denard Span began the home first by hitting his first home run as a member of the Rays and his 15th career leadoff home run.  Tampa Bay added a second run in the inning as Kevin Kiermaier singled, moving to second on a fielding error by Rhys Hoskins and scoring on a triple from Mallex Smith.

KK LOST IN LOSS: Tampa Bay also lost Kiermaier after the first inning, as he sprined his right thumb while sliding head first into second base.  

He was replaced by Field, who had his first two hits of his Major League career, doubling off Yacksel Rios in the fifth and singling off Edubray Ramos in the ninth.

ANDRIESE, KITTREDGE ALSO LIT UP IN PEN: The Phillies also got to both Matt Andriese and Andrew Kittredge out of the bullpen Sunday.  Hoskins singled to start the right-hander's outing with two out in the fifth, scoring inherited runner Hernandez.  

Philadelphia also started the eighth by scoring two runs charged to Andriese who exited after back-to-back walks to Herrera and Hoskins.  Kevin cash brought in Kittredge, who gave up a single to Kingery to load the bases and a base hit to Maikel Franco to plate both inherited runners for a 7-3 game.  Aaron Altherr then blasted a three-run homer to left to push it to a 10-3 contest.

Span set the scoring in the eighth with a bases loaded walk, but Carlos Gomez struck out to strand the bases loaded and finish 0 for 5 on the day and 0 for 13 in the series.


Rays vs. Texas Rangers, Tropicana Field, 7:10 p.m. first pitch, coverage on WDAE begins at 6:00 p.m. with The Inside Pitch presented by Crown Eurocars.

Rays starter - LHP Blake Snell (1-1, 3.60 ERA)

Rangers starter - LHP Martin Perez (1-1, 11.88 ERA)


Tuesday - Rays vs. Texas Rangers, 7:10 p.m. first pitch

Wednesday - Rays vs. Texas Rangers, 1:10 p.m. first pitch

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