Rays lose again 2-1, finish homestand 4-6
The Rays lost again, 2-1 to the Mariners on Sunday, ending their season-long homestand with a disappointing 4-6 mark.
"It's definitely starting to get frustrating,'' CF B.J. Upton said.
LHP Matt Moore gave up solo runs in each of the first two innings but not much else in a solid eight-inning start, striking out seven with no walks.
But the Rays hitters couldn't do much to help, managing only four hits in eight innings against starter Blake Beavan. They got the tying and potential winning runs on in the 9th, when Matt Joyce doubled and Jeff Keppinger walked, but pinch-hitter Hideki Matsui popped out for the last out.
The loss dropped the Rays to 49-47. They have Monday off and then open a nine-game cross country road trip to Baltimore, Anaheim and Oakland that will take then through the July 31 deadline for nonwaiver trades.