ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- The struggles at the plate continued Tuesday for the Tampa Bay Rays, as they managed just four hits as Drew Pomeranz and three Oakland relievers combined for a 3-0 whitewashing of the Rays.
While Jake Odorizzi (2-4) was able to wiggle out of a jam in the first inning, he was not so lucky in the second. Derek Norris drew a one-out walk, moving up to second two batters later on a single by Eric Sogard. Coco Crisp then doubled into the gap in right-center, bringing in both runners, and scored himself on a single by John Jaso for a 3-0 lead.
The three runs would be all the offense Oakland would need, as Pomeranz allowed just three hits in his five innings to improve to 4-1. The left-hander walked two and struck out three. Dan Otero, Luke Gregerson, and Sean Doolittle each contributed a scoreless inning of relief, with Doolittle earning his third save.
Tampa Bay had their opportunities to try and get in the game, but wasted an opportunity with the bases loaded and one out in the home third when Desmond Jennings grounded into a double play to end the frame. The Rays also stranded a runner in scoring position an inning later as Wil Myers stole second base after drawing a one-out walk, and saw a first-and-third situation falter in the eighth when Jennings grounded in to another double play.
One bright spot for Tampa Bay was the bullpen, as Cesar Ramos, Juan Carlos, Oviedo, Brad Boxberger and Josh Lueke all provided scoreless outings in relief.
Tampa Bay has now lost three straight and four of their last five, while Oakland has won 10 of 11.
The Rays will look to Erik Bedard (2-1, 2.78 ERA) to try and end the losing streak Wednesday, when he takes on Tommy Millone (1-3, 4.10 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:10, with coverage on WDAE starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.
NOTES: Crisp left the game in the seventh inning with neck soreness. Doolittle's walk of Ryan Hanigan in the ninth was his first free pass since August 31, 2013, a stretch of 30 games. After the game, the Rays announced that RHP Alex Cobb will be activated from the disabled list Thursday and start the series finale