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Rays hurt by big inning in loss to Phillies

Gold Glove outfielder Kiermaier exits with right thumb injury; club concerned about severity
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ST. PETERSBURG -- The big inning hurt the Rays again on Sunday when the Phillies took a 10-4 win over the Rays to complete a three-game weekend sweep at Tropicana Field.

Saturday night, the Rays gave up six in the second. On Sunday, their crooked-number torture came via a four-run third and a five-run eighth.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The big inning hurt the Rays again on Sunday when the Phillies took a 10-4 win over the Rays to complete a three-game weekend sweep at Tropicana Field.

Saturday night, the Rays gave up six in the second. On Sunday, their crooked-number torture came via a four-run third and a five-run eighth.

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The Rays have been swept in three series this season. Sunday's loss moved their record to 3-12, giving the team its worst 15-game start in franchise history.

The Rays grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first thanks to Denard Span's first home run with the Rays, and Mallex Smith's RBI triple.

Video: PHI@TB: Smith cracks an RBI triple into the gap

Ryan Yarbrough started the Rays' bullpen day and notched two scoreless innings before he encountered trouble in the third.

The Phillies scored their first run on shortstop Daniel Robertson's throwing error. Then with the bases loaded and two out, Scott Kingery popped up behind home plate. Catcher Jesus Sucre appeared to be camped under the ball for the third out. Instead, the ball hit a wire on its downward path, giving Kingery new life.

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"I had it, it just hit the cable," Sucre said. "If that ball don't hit the cable, I have the ball right away, and that's the third out. Man, it's tough. That's how things are going now. We've got to do something to turn the page."

Video: PHI@TB: Kingery laces a three-run double to center

Taking advantage of his reprieve, Kingery emptied the bases with a double to left field.

The Phillies led 5-3 in the sixth when the Rays threatened with runners on second and third. But Aaron Altherr made a diving catch of Span's line drive to right to end the inning, preventing the tying runs from scoring.

Video: PHI@TB: Altherr lays out to make a tremendous catch

The Phillies added five in the eighth on Maikel Franco's two-run single and Altherr's three-run homer to push the lead to 10-3.

When asked if he had a better evaluation of the bullpen day following Sunday's loss, Rays manager Kevin Cash allowed that they were "going to debate it for a while."

"Anytime you do something different, it's going to get debated," Cash said. "We understand that. We knew those thoughts were going to come along with it. I don't know if it's totally fair to say when you are in a 3-12 stretch because when you get in that stretch, everything is going wrong -- defense, pitching, hitting. It's tough to really evaluate and say something isn't working when right now nothing is working."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Rays' were still in the game in the eighth when the Phillies loaded the bases with no outs and a 5-3 lead. The Rays drew in the infield at that point, but Franco hit a hot shot through the legs of Rays third baseman Matt Duffy. Before the inning had drawn to a close, the Phillies held a 10-3 lead.

SOUND SMART
Yarbrough became the first Rays pitcher to ever yield three unearned runs or more in his first career start. The only other Ray with multiple unearned runs in his first start was Chris Archer when he had two on June 20, 2012, at Washington.

Video: PHI@TB: Yarbrough gets Kingery swinging in the 2nd

HE SAID IT
"The hardest part is that I feel like I let a lot of people down. Teammates, community, coaches. I harped on this during Spring Training that I just wanted to stay healthy for all my teammates and I want to put my talents on display for a full year and that's in jeopardy right now." -- Kevin Kiermaier, who injured his thumb in Sunday's game.

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
In the eighth, the Rays loaded the bases with no outs for Sucre. The Rays catcher hit a ball down the right-field line that was called foul. The Rays challenged the foul call. After a one-minute, two-second review, the decision was made that the call would stand.

Video: PHI@TB: Sucre hits foul ball, stands after review

UP NEXT
The Rays will begin a three-game series against the Rangers on Monday in a 7:10 p.m. ET contest at Tropicana Field. Blake Snell will start for the Rays, hoping to improve on his last outing that saw him log a solid six innings against the White Sox to pick up his first win of the season. The Rays will face Martin Perez.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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