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It was shut however to not be for the Tampa Bay Rays and their historic begin to the season.
The Rays suffered their first loss Friday evening in a 6-3 defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays on the Rogers Centre. Their undefeated streak ended at 13 video games, tied for one of the best begin in MLB historical past with 1982 Atlanta and the 1987 Milwaukee Brewers.
Their red-hot offense was cooled down by José Berríos and the remainder of the employees. Previous to Friday, Tampa Bay had been held to fewer than 4 runs simply as soon as, in a 1-0 victory over the Boston Purple Sox.
Rays starter Drew Rasmussen, who was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, struggled mightily in opposition to the potent Toronto lineup, which obtained began early.
George Springer hit a leadoff house run, and the Blue Jays poured it on with 4 runs within the fifth. Rasmussen was pulled from the sport after 4.1 innings, having given up eight hits, 4 walks and 5 earned runs.
Regardless of the loss, nobody can low cost what the Rays completed over the primary few weeks of the season.
Not even thought of one of the best group of their division previous to the 12 months, they’ve been one of the best group within the majors, with 4 extra wins than another membership.
Their offense has additionally been off the charts.
Tampa Bay leads MLB in runs (104), homers (34) and OPS (.920) by huge margins, which is saying loads in a season by which offense has taken a leap with new guidelines, together with the pitch clock.
Although shocked, Twitter had nothing however love for the Rays and their historic run following the loss.
Bally Sports activities Solar: Rays @BallyRays
All good issues come to an finish 😔@RaysBaseball | #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/zqZ5f3zXo8
Toronto Blue Jays @BlueJays
The streak ENDS 😮
FINAL: #BlueJays 6, Rays 3 pic.twitter.com/nw7lIkWhkE
Tampa Bay Rays @RaysBaseball
Someplace, the 1884 St. Louis Maroons are popping a bottle of champagne. pic.twitter.com/2lBn308Uj0
Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays
And that is your ballgame, #Rays lose for the primary time this season, 6-3 to #BlueJays. Find yourself tied with ’82 #Braves and ’87 #Brewers for modern-day report of beginning a season 13-0.
Dropping one recreation simply means we get to begin one other streak. #RaysUp
David Schiele WTSP @Deacon_Schiele
The streak is over. The Rays have misplaced. pic.twitter.com/3O40UbWy0T
Alex Seixeiro @AlexSeixeiro
Will the Tampa Bay Rays go 162-0? pic.twitter.com/rmcGoIWaza
Sarah Langs @SlangsOnSports
and the Maroons breathe a sigh of reduction
WHAT A STREAK BY THE RAYS https://t.co/jySSxXQ8SJ
Dillard Barnhart @BarnHasSpoken2
The Rays have lastly misplaced a recreation.
Did not assume it might ever occur.
Raking Rays @Akilles142
It is over. pic.twitter.com/wbH1fPDVkN
With their dominant and historic begin to the 12 months, the Rays have given themselves a cushion atop the American League East, essentially the most stacked division in MLB. They’ve a four-game lead over the Blue Jays and a five-game lead over the New York Yankees.
The collection in opposition to the Jays is their hardest check of the season up to now. Tampa Bay has two extra video games in opposition to Toronto this weekend, however issues will get simpler with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox up subsequent.
Wanting additional down the road, the Rays have a marquee collection in opposition to the struggling Houston Astros from April 24-26.