Tampa Bay Rays Held Scoreless in Franchise-Record 3 Consecutive Games

Bleacher Report MilestonesFeatured Columnist IVOctober 17, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria reacts during a pitching change in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Cardinals won 1-0. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
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The Tampa Bay Rays were defeated 1-0 by the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night, marking a franchise-record third consecutive game without scoring any runs, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Heading into Wednesday's rematch against the Cardinals, Tampa Bay's scoreless streak stands at a club-record 28.1 innings, per Sportsnet on Twitter. The last Ray to cross home plate was Evan Longoria, who scored in the eighth inning of Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

The shutout streak started on June 8 when the Mariners' Felix Hernandez combined with three relievers to blank the Rays. Hernandez struck out a career-high 15 batters over just seven innings, improving his record to 8-1 in the process.

The Mariners again held the Rays scoreless on Monday, despite getting just 4.2 innings from starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez. Four Seattle relievers finished off the job, combining to allow just one hit and one walk over the final 4.1 innings.

The Cardinals added to the Rays' offensive woes Tuesday night, as Adam Wainwright earned his NL-leading ninth victory of the season. Tampa wasted an excellent outing from right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who struck out five batters and allowed just one run over 7.1 innings.

The Rays squandered terrific starting pitching during the three-game stretch, as Chris Archer, David Price and Odorizzi combined to allow only four earned runs in 21.2 innings, good for a cumulative 1.66 ERA.

At 24-42, the Rays surprisingly have the worst record in baseball, despite finishing above .500 in each of the previous six seasons.