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Rays pushed to the brink after 4-2 loss to Dodgers

By Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times on

Published in Baseball

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Rays have been here before.

With their season on the brink after a deflating loss, they came back to beat the Yankees in the fifth and final game of the American League Division Series. Facing elimination again eight days later, they bounced back from three straight increasingly frustrating losses to beat the Astros in Game 7 of the Championship Series.

Now they are on the edge again.

A 4-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night pushed them there, down three games to two and needing a win Tuesday to force a seventh and decisive game Wednesday.

A shaky start by Tyler Glasnow put them in an early hole, the offense again was relatively quiet and Manuel Margot made a curious, if not questionable, unsuccessful attempt to steal home that ended the fourth.

Coming off an incredible walk-off single Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays again will look to go ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a win tonight. Monday is an off day and Game 6 of the World Series is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. Tuesday.

 

The Rays hoped to carry over the momentum of Saturday's thrilling and historic 8-7 walkoff win, as they scored two runs on a two-out, two-strike single by reserve Brett Phillips and two errors on the play.

But the Dodgers went on the offensive against Glasnow to make sure that didn't happen.

A leadoff double by Mookie Betts and a single by Corey Seager gave them a lead 10 pitches into the game. Two wild pitches, two strikeouts and a walk later, a single by Cody Bellinger made it 2-0.

Glasnow needed 34 pitches to get through the first inning, and his night didn't get much better.

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