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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 6-4 Sunday loss to Angels

On the merits of resiliency, Yarbrough’s career-high workload, Pham’s adventurous albeit not costly trip around the bases.
The Angels' Andrelton Simmons beats the throw to Rays catcher Mike Zunino to score on a double by Albert Pujols during the first inning on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. [ALEX GALLARDO | AP]
Published Sep. 16
Updated Sep. 16

• There wasn’t the payoff of a victory Sunday, but the Rays were right in talking about the resiliency they showed in a late comeback. Austin Meadows’ three-run homer in the eighth cut the lead to 6-4, and they had four chances with the tying run at the plate to get closer.

• Starter Ryan Yarbrough said he just couldn’t get in a groove, leading to his bad day. Manager Kevin Cash mentioned a lack of crispness. It seems a fair question to wonder about workload, as the left-hander’s 159⅓ innings between Tampa Bay and Triple-A Durham are approaching his career high (172 1/3 in 2017). In his past four starts, he’s 0-1, 6.00.

• Tommy Pham didn’t make any outs, but he had an adventurous time on the bases in the third. After walking, he stole second but overslid the base and had to scramble to dive back in. Then he tagged up to go to third when Avisail Garcia flied out to deep center — for the third out.

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