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June as in swoon

Posted Jun 28, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Jun 28, 2012 at 11:58 PM

The swoon continued Thursday night as the Rays lost their fourth straight, seven of their last nine and 11th in their last 16 games with a 5-2 loss to the visiting Tigers.

James Shields set a career-high and tied a team record by allowing 14 hits, thought 12 were singles as the Tigers stuck and moved their way to victory.

They Rays have been outscored 26-8 during the current losing streak.

They are batting an American League-low .222 this month while going 11-14.

The White Sox rallied past the Yankees on Thursday to keep the Rays 6 ½ games out of first place.

The Rays are 21-28 since being 11 games above .500 on May 4.

Here are some odds and ends from another dismal showing by the Rays …

—They Rays have hit 13 home runs this month. Jose Bautista has hit 14.

—The Rays 1-through-5 hitters were 1-for-18 with five strikeouts. The Tigers 1-though-5 hitters were 12-for-24 with four RBI.

—Shields has allowed 9.9 hits per nine innings. He was 5-0 with a 3.05 ERA in his first six starts and is 2-5 with at 4.69 ERA in his last 10.

It was the first time Shields has lost to the Tigers, making them the last AL to beat him.

—The Rays have allowed at least 10 hits in three of their last four games.

—Elliot Johnson drove in a run and has 11 RBI this month, second on the team to Ben Zobrist, who has 12.

—Brooks Conrad has seven hits, including five extra-base hits and 6 RBI in his seven games since joining the Rays. He has six hits in his five starts with the Rays. He had three hits in 25 games, including eight starts, with the Brewers earlier this season.

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