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Rays 11-0 win over Nationals after coming off their thrilling sweep of the Yankees

The win was the Rays’ fourth straight, and sixth in their last eight games as they improved to 38-40. It also was their seventh straight at the Trop, their longest such streak since 2013. After a 2-7 start at home this season, the Rays have won 17 of their last 26
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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos (40) has a cooler dumped on his head by teammate Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado (46) Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg. The Tampa Bay Rays won 11-0.
CHRIS URSO | Times Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos (40) has a cooler dumped on his head by teammate Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado (46) Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg. The Tampa Bay Rays won 11-0.
Published Jun. 26, 2018|Updated Jun. 26, 2018

"Very exciting day for me,'' Wilson Ramos said. "I was super excited for those two games in D.C. (in early June) and I went 0-for-8. This time, I was more relaxed. … I was trying to do something special today.''

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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre (45) slides into home plate as Washington Nationals catcher Pedro Severino (29) waits for the throw after Sucre scored on a base hit by Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers (9) in the Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
CHRIS URSO | Times Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre (45) slides into home plate as Washington Nationals catcher Pedro Severino (29) waits for the throw after Sucre scored on a base hit by Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers (9) in the Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers (9) gestures after connecting for a double in the second inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
CHRIS URSO | Times Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers (9) gestures after connecting for a double in the second inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
CHRIS URSO | Times Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.

Blake Snell said he was in a good groove, though not as good as his June 3 start in Seattle: "Just got in a rhythm. A lot of first pitch strikes. Off-speed played well. It was because I was in the zone, I was aggressive.''

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Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) loses his helmet as he swings at the ball for a strike in the second inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
CHRIS URSO | Times Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) loses his helmet as he swings at the ball for a strike in the second inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) is seen in the dugout in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg. Snell pitched seven innings.
CHRIS URSO | Times Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) is seen in the dugout in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg. Snell pitched seven innings.
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
CHRIS URSO | Times Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
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Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) takes a ball high and inside from Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) during the second inning Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
CHRIS URSO | Times Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) takes a ball high and inside from Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) during the second inning Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
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Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) watches a high fly ball head to center field for a grand-slam home run in the second inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
CHRIS URSO | Times Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) watches a high fly ball head to center field for a grand-slam home run in the second inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.

"These are the fun nights to be a part of when you put a whipping on the other team,'' Kevin Kiermaier said.

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Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39), center, is congratulated by teammates after Kiermaier hit a grand-slam home run in the second inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
CHRIS URSO | Times Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39), center, is congratulated by teammates after Kiermaier hit a grand-slam home run in the second inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
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Home plate umpire Chad Fairchild, right, talks with Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) after Kiermaier was called out on strikes in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
CHRIS URSO | Times Home plate umpire Chad Fairchild, right, talks with Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) after Kiermaier was called out on strikes in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre (45) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a base hit by Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers (9) in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg. The Rays won 11-0.
CHRIS URSO | Times Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre (45) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a base hit by Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers (9) in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals Monday, June 25, 2018 in St. Petersburg. The Rays won 11-0.


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