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Tampa Bay Rays clobber their way to 10-4 victory over Houston Astros

A brief Houston rally in the 4th inning not enough as Rays take last game in the series.

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Coming into today's game the Houston Astros had won 7 of their last 9 games. They've done it thanks to all phases of the game clicking at the same time. Unfortunately, the Astros would drop the last game in the series against the Tampa Bay Rays today by a score of 10-4.

It seemed like nothing went right for the Astros today. Starter Doug Fister only managed to go through 4 1/3 innings giving up 4 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits with 1 walk and 1 strike out. Although Fister's pitched a nice season, today wasn't his day. Normally sure-handed Alex Bregman committed two errors in the top of the 4th inning which led to the two unearned runs for Fister.

The Astros looked like the team we've seen the past week and a half as they put up three runs in the bottom of the inning. Bregman led off the inning with a walk and was brought home thanks to a two-run jack from Jose Altuve. Carlos Correa followed immediately with a single. An A.J. Reed walk advanced Correa to second, who then scored on a Jason Castro single. The rally ended with a Jake Marisnick strike out.

The bullpen kept the game at a 4-3 Rays lead into the top of the 8th inning. Michael Feliz replaced Chris Devenski, who pitched 2 2/3 innings and ended up allowing only 1 hit while striking out 2. Unfortunately, Feliz couldn't match his performance. The Rays' Brad Miller led off the inning with a single and then scored on Matt Duffy's first home run with Tampa. Feliz would get the next two hitters out before giving up another single. Tony Sipp was called upon to get the last out of the inning, but not before giving up a two run shot to Corey Dickerson.

Despite the 9-3 score, the Astros continued to battle. They would score one more run in the bottom of the 8th thanks to some class hitting from Bregman, Yulieski Gurriel and Marwin Gonzalez. Bregman would score after scorching a single to left field, advancing to second on Yuli's single and then score on another single from Gonzalez.

Another Astros bullpen mistake gave the Rays a 10-4 lead in the top of the 9th. Brad Peacock replaced Sipp and managed to get the first out before surrendering a home run to Nick Franklin. Thankfully, the bleeding ended there.

The Astros threatened again in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to push across a run. They'll look to bounce back tomorrow at 7:10 p.m. CT against the Oakland Athletics. Joe Musgrove will face off against the A's Sean Manaea.