ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- Orlando Arcia, on his 23rd birthday, finished a double shy of the cycle, and Bradley Woodruff and three relievers combined to scatter nine hits as the Tampa Bay Rays were shut out by the Milwaukee Brewers Friday at Tropicana Field.
Faria had just one hiccup in his six innings of work, coming in the third. Arcia led off the inning with a triple into the triangle in centerfield, scoring on a base hit by Eric Thames for a 1-0 advantage. Faria (5-2) finished six innings, allowing just
Meanwhile, Tampa Bay had chances early to get on the board, loading the bases in each of the first two innings, and getting runners on the corners in the third, but each time came way with nothing to show for it.
The best chance that the Rays had, though, came in the bottom of the seventh, when Corey Dickerson reached off Josh Hader on a walk, and Evan Longoria doubled to left, but a perfect relay throw by Arcia nailed Dickerson at the plate to keep the game 1-0.
The Brewers shortstop then led off the top of the eighth and took reliever Sergio Romo deep for his tenth homer of the season to double the lead to 2-0.
The loss snaps Tampa Bay's three-game win streak and pushes them back to three-games above .500 at 57-54.
Alex Cobb (9-7, 3.89 ERA) will look to turn around the Rays fortunes on Saturday, when he takes on Zach Davies (12-5, 4.42 ERA) in the middle game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10, with coverage on WDAE starting at 5:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Sykes Lakeland.