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Rays get split as bullpen falters in 7th, Dodgers lose 8-1

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Floro and Ferguson give up seven in the 7th

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

If there are three main parts of a baseball game, the Dodgers only got one on Wednesday night in their 8-1 loss to the Rays. The loss gave each team one win apiece in the two-game series.

The starting pitching was excellent but the Dodger offense was 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position plus the bullpen gave up two three-run homers.

Rich Hill pitched six innings and gave up one run. It was another solid start for a Dodger starting pitcher in May.

But the Rays calling card is their pitching and they were able to keep the Dodgers off the scoreboard for the most part on Wednesday, only a solo home run from Max Muncy produced any runs.

The Dodgers had a chance to score the go-ahead run but Kevin Kiermaier was able to throw out Cody Bellinger at the plate as he attempted to score on Russell Martin’s two-out single.

Hill finished his start with six innings pitched and he gave up one run and five hits. Hill struck out seven and walked two.

In the bottom of the seventh, Dylan Floro entered the game and proceeded to hit a batter, give up two singles and then a three-run homer to Avisail Garcia without recording an out.

Caleb Ferguson followed Floro and he gave up the second three-run homer of the inning to Kevin Kiermaier.

The Dodgers will stay in Florida until tomorrow afternoon and then they will fly to Pittsburgh to try and improve on their 3 wins in five game road trip thus far.

Wednesday particulars

WP: Emilio Pagan (1-0), 1⅓, IP, 1 H, 1 SO

LP: Dylan Floro (1-1), 3 H, 4 ER, 1 HBP

Home Runs: Tommy Pham (6), Max Muncy (10), Avisail Garcia (8), Kevin Kiermaier (4)

Up next

The Dodgers have another off-day tomorrow before starting their weekend series at Pittsburgh. Walker Buehler will start for the Dodgers while the Pirates have not named their starter. First pitch on Friday will be at 4:05 p.m. PDT.