"I thought Karnsy, for not having really good stuff, or his best stuff, he really battled," Rays manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB.com.
Karns allowed two runs on nine hits over six innings of work. He also struck out seven and walked two. Karns is now 4-4 with a 3.26 ERA.
"Even though the stuff wasn't as good, and he wasn't as sharp, he still limited them to 2-0," Cash said. "I don't know how many guys he left on base, but there were multiple innings where it could have gotten out of hand. And he kept it right there and gave us a chance to win."
Over his last four starts, Karns has allowed a total of four runs over 23 1/3 innings of work. However, he is just 1-1 over those starts.
Despite not allowing a run over six innings of work,
Karns only allowed three hits while striking out five and walking three during the outing. He was able to lower his ERA to 3.28.
Over his last three starts, Karns has pitched 17 1/3 innings and surrendered a total of two runs, but he is just 1-0 over that time. He has earned a quality start in two of his last three starts.
Karns moved to 4-3, by allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings. He gave up six hits, walked a batter and struck out four.
"I thought that first inning he looked a little out of whack, falling behind some guys,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "He spiked a fastball there that got away (for a wild pitch). He threw a couple pitches that you could tell he was a little out of synch. But that goes to his credit in that he is kind of developing and maturing into a pitcher here that he's able to slow the game down a little bit and start making pitches, which I thought he did.''
Karns' next start is Wednesday, against Toronto.
Despite producing a solid outing Sunday,
Karns (3-3) scattered seven hits and allowed one run over six innings of work. He also struck out eight and walked one during the outing.
"I've got to give it to my defense who played really well behind me," Karns said, per MLB.com. "We had a tough opponent -- Sale is one of the best. We knew we had our work cut out for us.
Sunday's no-decision was the fifth-straight start that Karns failed to receive a win for his work. He has tossed two quality starts over his last four outings. His next expected start is scheduled for Friday at Cleveland.
Karns received his third loss of the season for his effort and his ERA now stands at 3.86. He also struck out four and walked two during the outing. His biggest mistake was giving up a home run to Albert Pujols in the fifth inning.
Karns has not been able to pitch at least six innings in four of his last five starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Sunday against the White Sox
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