Faria Frustrated As Rays Fall To Twins

posted by Steve Carney -

PORT CHARLOTTE (620 WDAE) -- The word of the day for Jake Faria was "frustrating."

The Rays' right-hander, who gave up five runs while only getting five outs in a 6-5 loss at the hands of the Minnesota Twins, used the term multiple times when describing his Sunday at the ballpark, with most of his frustrations directed at himself.

"Obviously disappointing not even to make it through two innings when you're supposed to go four," Faria said after the game.  "The thing that makes me the most angry is the fact that every time I touch the mound away from the game, it's fine.  Bullpens are good, threw on the back field the other day and was good, and it's not carrying over."

"I think it's more tempo," manager Kevin Cash said.  "He's not allowing himself to get into a good rhythm right now.  He'll get there."

Faria's five run inning involved three soft singles to load the bases, followed by a walk to Joe Mauer that brought in the first run, and two-run singles by both Erick Aybar and Miguel Sano that turned a 3-0 lead into a 5-3 deficit.

Tampa Bay had initial taken the lead in the first with an RBI groundout by Matt Duffy, run-scoring double by C.J. Cron and a wild pitch by Twins starter Aaron Slegers that allow Cron to come home.

The Rays got back to within a run at 5-4 with a RBI single from Jesus Sucre, but Minnesota established some breathing room in the eighth thanks to an RBI triple by James Ramsey off Chih-Wei Hu.

Kean Wong's solo homer to start the home ninth set the score as Tampa Bay could get no closer.

The Rays will have Monday off before returning to Clearwater for another matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies.  Chris Archer will get the start at Spectrum Field, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05.



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