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Rays Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 4-2

The Tampa Bay Rays completed their weekend sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 4-2 victory this afternoon.

Shane McClanahan was solid on the mound as usual, giving up one run on four this in seven innings.  With the victory, the left-hander improved to 8-3 with a 1.77 ERA on the season.

Roansy Contreras started for Pittsburgh in the losing effort, giving up one run on four hits with five walks in five innings. 

A bases-loaded walk in the second inning scored the game’s first run for Tampa Bay.  The Bucs tied the game in the top of the third on a single by Bryan Reynolds, scoring Yu Chang.

The Rays scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh which ended up being the difference in the game.  A double by Ji-Man Choi broke the tie, followed by singles by Josh Lowe and Isaac Paredes to make it 4-1.  A solo homerun by Daniel Vogelbach in the eighth made it 4-2, but that was as close as the Pirates would come on the day.

This was a disappointing loss to a disheartening series in Tampa for the Bucs.  They lost three games this weekend by a total of four runs.  They had chances to win all three of these games, and could have come away with at least a series victory.  Instead, they were swept.  They will continue their road trip with a three-game series against the Washington Nationals, beginning Monday night at 7:05pm.

Record vs. Rays: 0-3

Record vs. American League: 1-6

Record on the Road: 12-23

Overall Record: 29-43


As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor