Marc Topkin’s three takeaways from Rays’ 3-0 loss to the Orioles:
* The Rays at least had a chance at history, had Yonny Chirinos finished the eighth and they lost. That would have ended their now MLB streak of 484 games without a complete game. But they wanted to get Jose Alvarado, who hadn’t pitched since April 28, some action, so Chirinos came out after 7 1/3 innings and 93 pitches.
* All teams have times when their bats go quiet and runs are hard to get, and that’s happening to the Rays, who in four of their last five games have scored a total of seven runs. What’s concerning is that it was against the Royals and O’s, with Dylan Bundy the latest to shut then down.
* With all the high-tech devices and computer driven analytics that teams such as the Rays have, you’d think they’d subscribe to some type of sophisticated weather service rather than make decisions regarding forecast rain based on the same apps on their phone we all have.