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Rays' Odorizzi takes blame after blowing two leads

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ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jake Odorizzi took the blame for Tuesday's 13-5 loss to the Angels, one in which he twice failed to throw a shutdown inning after being handed the lead.

"It's my fault," he said. "They did their job. I didn't do my job. Nobody is more frustrated than me with my performance, not just tonight but this entire year. It's not me."

Odorizzi (3-4) allowed a season-high seven runs and matched his season high in hits allowed with nine in 51/3 innings. The Rays lost for the fourth straight time when Odorizzi started.

Odorizzi allowed four runs in the second (the fifth time this year he has allowed that many runs in an inning) and three in the sixth after the Rays gave him leads of 1-0 and 5-4.

"That's on me," he said. "I'm accountable for it."

GAME STUFF: The 13 runs were the most the Rays allowed since June 16, 2015 against the Nationals. … LF Nick Franklin tied his career high with three hits and drove in two more runs, giving him 11 RBIs on the homestand. … 1B Logan Morrison homered for the second straight day. … In nine games on the homestand, the Rays have been outscored 22-2 in the ninth.

COBB ON the HILL: RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) begins his minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Class A Charlotte, scheduled to pitch one or two innings.

"I put a lot of work in to this point to try and see if I can figure out how to be competitive again on the mound," Cash said. "It's not a huge test, but at the same time when you're going out on the mound and compete against hitters you want to do well. I think it will be a struggle for me to stay in between the lines of competing and still know that I'm rehabbing."

Cobb's minor-league assignment is for 30 days, which allows for six starts and an early August return to the Rays.

GUYER SETS HBP RECORD: Manager Kevin Cash did not want OF Brandon Guyer to play, since Guyer hasn't had a rest since he returned June 29 after missing 23 games with a left hamstring strain. But Guyer took over in the fourth after Steven Souza Jr., making his first big-league start in centerfield, was pulled for a lack of hustle.

In his first at-bat of the game, Guyer was hit by a pitch. It was the 52nd time he has been hit during his career, passing Carlos Peña (51) for the franchise record. Peña did it in 2,971 plate appearances. Guyer did it in his 923rd.

ROSTER MOVE: To make room for RHP Alex Colome, RHP Danny Farquhar was optioned to Durham. Farquhar allowed six home runs in 102/3 innings over 11 appearances this season.

MEDICAL MATTERS: CF Kevin Kiermaier (left hand fracture) will hit in the cage today for the first time since his injury. He will travel to Boston this weekend with the Rays and participate in pregame BP and expects to begin his minor-league assignment next week. He expects to return to the lineup during the first series after the All-Star break. … DH Steve Pearce (hamstring) hit in the cage Tuesday and said everything "feels great." He expects to return shortly after the break. … RHPs Brad Boxberger (oblique) and Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) are scheduled to pitch live BP today. … OF Desmond Jennings, placed on the DL on Monday with left hamstring tightness, is scheduled to come off the DL on July 16 and should return around that time, according to Cash.

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