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Rays Bats Silent For Second Straight Night

ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- For the second straight night, Milwaukee's pitching kept the Tampa Bay Rays off the scoreboard, as the Brewers shut them out 3-0 Saturday at Tropicana Field.

In a replay of Friday night, Tampa Bay fell behind in the third inning, as Keon Broxton led off the inning against Cobb with a base hit, stealing second base, and scoring on a run-and-hit double by Orlando Arcia that Steven Souza Jr. nearly caught.

Meanwhile, Zach Davies cruised through the first five innings, not allowing a hit until Lucas Duda's base hit with one out in the sixth.  Tampa Bay was able to get the DH to third base, but catcher Jesus Sucre lined to center to end that rally.

Davies (13-4) finished with seven shutout innings, allowing just the one hit.

The Rays also had a bases loaded chance in the eighth off former St. Pete high standout Jacob Barnes thanks to base hits by Adeiny Hechaverria and Jesus Sucre and Lucas Duda being hit by a pitch.  But Evan Longoria flied out to center to end the threat.

The Brewers added a pair of runs in the ninth thanks to a solo homer off Ryne Stanek by Hernan Perez, who took over for Travis Shaw early in the game after Shaw was injured by a thrown baseball trying to steal second base.  Stanek and Jose Alvarado then combined to load the bases with two out and allow it to get to 3-0 on a wild pitch.

The loss drops Tampa Bay back to two games above .500 at 57-55

Chris Archer (8-6, 3.59 ERA)will try and stop the skid again, taking on Jimmy Nelson (9-5, 3.37 ERA) Sunday.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:10, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 11:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Sykes Lakeland.

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