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Rays 5, Astros 0: Keuchel implodes in 5th as offense is shutout

The losing continues on the Astros' long road trip.

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Sunday was pretty straight forward for the Houston Astros. The Rays put up five runs on offense in the fifth inning and Jose Altuve was the Astros only offense. It is not a formula for success on either side of the ball for Houston. The Astros lost 5-0 to the Rays at Tropicana Field on Sunday.

Matt Moore has been struggling in 2016, so much so that before this start local media questioned the Rays should do with Moore. But I imagine that question has been quieted after seven innings of shutout baseball and 10 strikeouts.

On the other hand. The same questions have been reborn with Dallas Keuchel, who has only shown glimpses of his 2015 Cy Young form.

To be fair to Keuchel, the Rays didn't' square him up through the first four innings of Sunday's game. Then the fifth inning happened. Logan Morrison started things with a double. Steven Souza single. A grounded out forced a run home. Two walks to load the bases. An error and two singles equal the Rays leading 5-0.

The Astros only runners in scoring position came in the second on an Evan Gattis hit-by-pitch and a Tyler White walk -- nothing came of it.

Altuve had two singles in the game and the team had two total walks.