Rays lose again, now 0-4 on trip
At least the Rays are making their trip to Los Angeles entertaining.
After blowing a six-run lead on Friday and losing to the Dodgers 7-6 on a walkoff error, they came back Saturday and lost 5-0 in a game that featuered a successful hidden ball trick and the ejection of third-base coach Tom Foley.
The actual game wasn't very interesting, as Roberto Hernandez - whose time in the rotation may be nearing an end - put the Rays in an early hole, starting with a two-run homer in the first to Adrian Gonzalez, and allowed five runs while lasting only four innings.
And the Rays hitters couldn't do much against Dodgers starter Zack Greinke or a bullpen brigade that again included former Ray J.P. Howell, managing only six hits.
The hidden ball play came in the fourth. The Dodgers loaded the bases on three straight singles, and a sac fly by A.J. Ellis scored Andre Ethier and advanced the other runners. But when 1B James Loney cut off Wil Myers throw he tossed it to SS Yunel Escobar, who then lobbed it to 3B Evan Longoria, who was standing in foul territory behind third. Longoria slowly approached the base and as soon as Juan Uribe stepped off third. Longoria tagged him. umpire Angel Hernandez alertly calling Uribe out.
Foley was ejected - for the second time as a coach, first since 2003 - after Escobar reacted demonstratively to being called out on strikes to end the sixth, flipping his bat and throwing his helmet. Foley was walking toward the dugout between Escobar and home plate umpire Paul Nauert and said something - apparently the "right" thing - to Nauert and was tossed.
The Rays (66-49) are now 0-4 on this cross-country interleague road trip that ends with an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball appearance, Jeremy Hellickson facing Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. They have lost six of eight and could fall three behind AL East-leading Boston, which plays tonight.