The Rays (40-34) could not find their rhythm Tuesday night, falling to the Brewers (41-34). The Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson (L, 7-6) teetered on destruction much of the night, but managed to hold the Brewers to 2 runs in 6 innings, despite walking 4 and striking out only 3.
Meanwhile, Zach Greinke (W, 7-2) was at the pinnacle of game. He stymied the Rays hitters, making them spin wildly like cartoon characters on his way to 10 strikeouts. The Rays did not help themselves much, though, taking only 1 walk on the night (off reliever Kameron Loe, after the game was pretty much out of reach).
The night started poorly for the Rays as Hellickson walked three of the first four batters he faced, allowing Casey McGehee to sac fly the Brewers to a 1-0 lead. Then, in the second inning, Hellickson disgraced himself, his family, and his team, allowing Yuniesky Betancourt to not only get a hit, but a home run.
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