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Tampa Bay Rays bounce back and get first win of 2019

By Rylan Stiles
Yandy Diaz (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
Yandy Diaz (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /
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The Tampa Bay Rays bounced back in a big way earning their first win of the 2019 season on Friday

The Tampa Bay Rays turned to Charlie Morton on the mound to make his Rays debut against his former team, the Houston Astros.

The Tampa Bay Rays fell last night and got behind early in this one. Michael Brantley lined a double to right field to plate Tony Kemp and Jose Altuve in the top of the third.

The Rays offense answered back in the bottom half of the frame against the always tough Gerrit Cole. when Tommy Pham hit a sharp line drive single to right field to allow Kevin Kiermaier to score.

Ji-Man Choi hit a bloop single to plate Mike Zunino and Tommy Pham and give the Tampa Bay Rays the lead, 3-2.

Yandy Diaz, who everyone wonders if he can figure out how to hit the ball out of the ballpark despite looking the part and being the most physically imposing baseball player in terms of look, hit a frozen rope deep to dead away center field.

Charlie Morton tossed five innings while giving up three hits and a pair of runs. Morton also allowed a pair of walks but was able to get eight strikeouts in his first outing of the season.

It was a very solid first appearance for Morton against a tough opponent.

Morton was relieved by Diego Castillo. Castillo went two innings and only allowed two hits.

Chaz Roe and Adam Kolarek combined to finish off the eighth.

Kevin Cash and the Tampa Bay Rays turned to Jose Alvarado in the ninth inning with a two run lead to try to slam the door on the Rays first win of the season.

Alvarado did just that.

Though he did give up one base hit and issue a walk in the inning, to make things interesting, before getting the third out via the punchout.

Stiles Star of the game: Yandy Diaz. The dude is jacked, the dude went yard, going 2-for-3.

Next. Three takeaways from first loss. dark

Check back tomorrow afternoon for three takeaways from the Rays first win! Be sure to follow along on Twitter @RaysColoGlasses.

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