The Tampa Bay Rays dropped the opening game of their series against the Mets on Tuesday night. The game went into the seventh at 3-2 before it all came unraveled for Tampa, as the Mets poured it on and put six runs on the board. Remarkably, the six-run rally started after Alex Cobb retired the first two batters of the inning. And then J.P. Howell didn't exactly pick up his starter. Daniel Murphy opened it up with a two-run single up the middle and then Ike Davis capped it off with a three-run shot to right. It was 9-2 when it was all said and done.
The Rays offense, meanwhile, was shut out after a two-run first inning. Chris Young danced around nine hits and two walks in 5.2 innings of work to keep the Rays off the board. The New York bullpen pitched 3.1 hitless innings as their offense ran away with it. David Price will try to even the series on Wednesday for Tampa, with the Mets countering with R.A. Dickey on the mound.