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Rays See Win Streak End At Hands Of Pirates

by Steve Carney
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All good things eventually come to an end, and such was the case Saturday with the Rays five-game win streak.

Matt Moore could not get out of the first inning, as Pittsburgh tallied six runs in the frame, and defeated Tampa Bay going away 10-5 at Charlotte Sports Park.

Moore allowed the first seven hitters of the game to reach safely before getting the first out of the game, and would be pulled by Maddon after allowing six runs, four earned, on five hits in just two-thirds of an inning.

Tampa Bay got one run back in the bottom of the inning, as Logan Forsythe tripled to lead off the frame and scored on a sacrifice fly by James Loney.

Pittsburgh continued the onslaught in the fourth, when Russell Martin launched a three-run blast off Grant Balfour, and added another run in the sixth.

Tampa Bay got a two-run homer from Jerry Sands in the eighth and two more in the bottom of the ninth before Pittsburgh could close out the game.

The Rays will look to start a new win streak Sunday, when they visit Steinbrenner Field in Tampa for the only time this spring to take on the Yankees.  Coverage begins on WDAE at 1:00, with first pitch with Dave Wills and Andy Freed at 1:05.

NOTES: Forsythe was a late addition to the lineup, as Ben Zobrist was scratched with what the team is calling a stiff neck.  Reliever Joel Peralta left the game early with the trainer after deflecting a line drive at the mound.  Manager Joe Maddon said afterwards that Peralta was fine and taking him out was precautionary.  Before the game pitchers Alex Colome, Enny Romero and Mike Montgomery were optioned to Triple-A Durham, and pitchers Matt Andriese, Victor Mateo, and Merill Kelly, along with catcher Luke Maile and infielder Justin Darnell were reassigned to minor-league camp.

 

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