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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 2-0 loss to Tigers

Offensive skid began before Friday; Morton deserved better; so much for well-attended homecoming.
Rays starter Charlie Morton deserved a better fate after going seven innings and giving up one unearned win while striking out 10 and walking none against the Tigers on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
Rays starter Charlie Morton deserved a better fate after going seven innings and giving up one unearned win while striking out 10 and walking none against the Tigers on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Aug. 17, 2019

• It would be easy to say the Rays came home without their bats, but this offensive skid started in San Diego on Wednesday, when they scored two to start the first and nothing else. That’s 17-plus shutout innings, with only one runner past second base.

• Charlie Morton did just about everything he could Friday, short of grabbing a bat and going up to hit himself — or knocking his Rays mates into action. The right-hander deserved better for seven sterling innings, allowing three hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks.

• Sure, there was a meaningless Bucs game in Tampa. High school football exhibitions. And rain to mess with transportation. But, still, even with a $7.11 ticket deal, the Rays were welcomed back from a 5-1 road trip by an announced 13,717 at the Trop.

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