ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (620 WDAE) -- The Rays would get some crushing news in the middle of Wednesday's contest, and would fall short at the end of it.
Rays staff learned in the middle of the game about the passing of senior baseball advisor Don Zimmer, just after David Price allowed four unearned runs, and nearly came back to tie the game, eventually falling to the Miami Marlins 5-4.
Price allowed a first inning run, giving up a two-out double to Giancarlo Stanton, who scored on a base hit by Casey McGehee.
Tampa Bay would counter in the bottom of the inning, as David DeJesus drew a leadoff walk from Tom Koehler in front of Zobrist, who blasted his fifth home run of the season in to the right field seats to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead.
Longoria followed with a blast into the seats in left to extend the Rays' lead to 3-1.
The game remained that way until the third, when Ed Lucas and Stanton each singled off Price to start the inning. McGehee flew out to left for the first out in the inning, and after a wild pitch allowed both runners to advance a base, Marcell Ozuna grounded in to a fielder's choice with Lucas being tagged out at the plate for the second out. Jeff Baker then grounded to Longoria, who went to tag Ozuna to end the inning, but dropped the baseball, allowing Stanton to score. Solano then blast a three-run homer, his first of 2014, to give Miami a lead they would not relinquish.
Price pitched into the eighth inning, allowing just the one earned run, but with all four unearned runs in the third inning on his record.
Tampa Bay found themselves with a chance to walk off with a win in the bottom of the ninth, as they loaded the bases off Steve Cishek. DeJesus's ground ball scored Yunel Escobar to make it 5-4, but Zobrist grounded out, and after Longoria was intentionally walked to re-load the bases, James Loney popped out to end the game.
The loss is Tampa Bay's ninth in a row, and their longest losing streak since an 11-game skid in September of 2009.
The Rays will look to salvage the finale of this home-and-home set against Miami, as Jake Odorizzi (2-5, 5.13 ERA) takes on Jacob Turner (1-3, 5.59 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 4:10, with coverage on WDAE starting at 3:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.