Rangers, Rays heading in opposite directions

From FOX Sports - April 15, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.The Texas Rangers have the long-awaited relief of a two-game winning streak as they head to Tropicana Field, where the Tampa Bay Rays have no such relief in sight.

Sundays 10-4 loss to the Phillies was the Rays fourth in a row and their 10th in 12 games, dropping them to 3-12, their worst-ever record after 15 games and also the worst record in the American League.

When you get in that stretch, everything is going wrongdefense, pitching, hitting, manager Kevin Cash said after Sundays loss dropped the Rays to 1-6 at home. Its tough to really evaluate and say something isnt working when right now, nothing is working.

The pitcher tasked with turning that around is Blake Snell, who is coming off his first win of the season, striking out 10 and allowing only one run in six innings in a win last Monday against the White Sox. That dropped Snells season ERA to 3.60.

He will be making his first career start against the Rangers.

The Rangers saw Bartolo Colon take a perfect game into the eighth inning Sunday but needed 10 innings to edge the Astros 3-1 on a two-run double by Robinson Chirinos.

In their attempt to get a third straight win, the Rangers will turn to left-hander Martin Perez, who has struggled this season with an 11.88 ERA after undergoing elbow surgery in the offseason.


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