Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rangers 11, Rays 5: Odds and ends from a bad night
Posted May 31, 2011 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 31, 2011 at 09:53 AM
BY ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG Traditionally, the Rays do not play very well on Memorial Day, and this one was no different.
Wade Davis suffered the shortest non-rain interrupted start of his career, shortstop Sean Rodriguez committed three errors to give the Rays their first multi-error game of the season and the visiting Rangers pounded their way to an 11-5 victory in front of 14,203 at Tropicana Field. The Rays are now 3-8 on Memorial Day.
Here are some tidbits:
—It was the Rays seventh loss in their past 10 games. They have lost 10 of 15 since being a season-high eight games above .500 on May 13.
—The 11 runs and 20 hits allowed were both season-highs against the Rays.
—The Rays are 13-13 this month. They have a 1.85 ERA in the wins and a 5.90 ERA in the losses.
—The Rays have never won the first game against a team they faced the previous postseason, losing to the White Sox, Red Sox and Phillies in 2009 and now the Rangers.
—The Rangers sent 10 batters to the plate in the third inning and scored five times in six hits. All were single-season highs against the Rays this year. It was just the second time a team batted around against the Rays. The White Sox did it April 21.
—Davis, who allowed a season-high 12 hits, has allowed 21 hits and 15 earned runs in two career starts against the Rangers while pitching a total of 5 2/3 innings. He’s also allowed four home runs in those two starts.
In his last five starts, Davis is 1-3 with a 7.17 ERA. He’s allowed 38 hits, 15 walks and 21 runs in 26 1/3 innings.
He has allowed 14.60 base runners per nine innings. He’s allowed nine home runs in his last five starts after allowing only one through his first six.
The Rays have lost his last four starts after winning five straight.
—The Rays committed their first multi-error game of the season, snapping a major league-record streak of 52 straight games with one error or less to start the season.
—Rodriguez tied a franchise-record with three errors (two throwing, one fielding). Six Rays have done that. The last before Rodriguez was Dioner Navarro on June 6, 2009 against the Yankees.
Rodriguez has four errors this season, all at shortstop. He has four errors in 18 career games at shortstop and only eighth in 224 career games at the other positions.
—B.J. Upton struck out with the bases-loaded to end the sixth inning. Over the past two seasons, Upton is 1-for-17 with the bases-loaded. He did, however, walk seven times with the bases full during the span.
—Matt Joyce had two hits against a left-hander (Derek Holland) for the first time since July 11, 2008 when he did against Glen Perkins of the Twins. Joyce is batting .412 this month. Fred McGriff holds the highest May average in franchise history wit a .422 mark in July 2009.
—Evan Longoria is 5-for-11 since being moved to the leadoff spot Saturday.