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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Tampa Bay0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 692
Detroit1 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 x 9120
  W: R. Carpenter (1-2)   L: B. Snell (3-5)   S: S. Greene (19)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, June 4, 2019
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 15,420

Rays open seven-game road trip against Tigers

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Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers

  1. Tampa Bay has lost three consecutive games directly after winning a season-high six straight games from May 25-30. Over this losing streak, the Rays have batted .211 (4/19) with runners in scoring position, while allowing their opponent to bat .429 (12/28) with RISP.
  2. The Tigers have lost their last two games, but are still 3-2 over their last five games, Detroit hit 10 home runs during that span, the most the team has hit during any five-game span this season.
  3. In 41 plate appearances with runners in scoring position this season, Austin Meadows is batting .471 with a 1.385 OPS and 25 RBI. Over his last 10 plate appearances with RISP, Meadows is 7-for-9 (.778) with three extra-base hits, one walk and 11 RBI.
  4. In 10 road starts since last year's All-Star break, Blake Snell has a 1.77 ERA in 56.0 innings. Snell has held his opponents to a .188 batting average during this span of road games while averaging 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
  5. Since the start of the 2017 season, Nicolas Castellanos ranks second in the AL in hits (410), third in the AL in doubles (100) and fourth in the AL in extra-base hits (173).
  6. The Rays won four of six games played between these teams in 2018, though Detroit did win its home series against Tampa Bay, two games to one. The Tigers are 8-6 against teams from the AL East this season, despite all 14 of those games being road games for Detroit.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/4/2019 thru 6/6/2019

The Tampa Bay Rays begin a seven-game road trip on a three-game losing streak, but manager Kevin Cash sees a silver lining.

The Rays scored seven runs in the final three innings of a 9-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. The Rays, who begin a three-game series at Detroit on Tuesday, had scored a combined five runs in the previous two losses.

"That was encouraging," Cash told "Hopefully we can carry that over into Detroit because (the offense has) been fairly quiet. ... But the offense the last two or three innings was very encouraging."

They could also get some reinforcements during the trip. Outfielders Tommy Pham (leg) and Avisail Garcia (hamstring) could return during the Tigers series. Following its trip to the Midwest, Tampa Bay moves on to Boston for a four-game weekend series.

"We went 4-3 on the homestand," Cash said. "It would've been nice to be better than that, but we went 4-3 on the homestand, and more times than not, we're going to be satisfied with a winning homestand."

The losing streak is the Rays' second longest this season. They had a four-game slide in April, but they're still 13 games over .500 at 35-22.

"There's going to be good series and bad series," Rays catcher Mike Zunino told "Obviously (the Twins) are one of the best clubs in baseball. We're getting some guys healthy coming back. All we've got to do is take this off-day (on Monday), reset and get ready for Detroit."

Left-handed ace Blake Snell will start the series opener in Detroit. Snell (3-4, 3.06 ERA) has posted three consecutive quality starts, including a six-inning, two-run outing against Toronto on Wednesday.

Snell has an 0-1 record in two career starts against Detroit. He got a no-decision in May of last season at Detroit, holding the Tigers to two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

The Tigers will counter with lefty Ryan Carpenter (0-2, 7.58 ERA), who has four starts since being recalled from Triple-A Toledo. In his last outing, he gave up two runs in five-plus innings at Baltimore on Wednesday. He'll be facing the Rays for the first time.

Detroit has dropped two straight following a three-game winning streak.

Its last game bore some similarities to the Rays' experience on Sunday. The Tigers were down by three runs to Atlanta, rallied to tie it at 4, then gave up three runs in the eighth.

"It was pretty fun to be in that dugout," manager Ron Gardenhire told the Detroit News. "It was pretty dull for a while, but all it takes is one hit and everybody's up. That's what we talk about, you play all nine innings, 27 outs."

The Tigers' starting staff has been decimated and injuries to shortstop Jordy Mercer (quad), second baseman Josh Harrison (hamstring) and first baseman Miguel Cabrera (knee) have forced Gardenhire to juggle his lineups.

Detroit is starting a six-game homestand after playing nine straight on the road.

"Considering everything that happened coming into this road trip, I think we did well," staff ace Matthew Boyd told the Detroit News. "We're never out of a game. That's what it is. We fight."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 3, 2019

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