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Offense goes AWOL in Texas

The Sports Xchange

The Rays' lack of offense is becoming offensive.

With days coming off the calendar and the Yankees not letting them get much closer in the AL wild-card race, the Rays have not been able to take matters into their own hands.

Tampa Bay managed just four hits Thursday in a 7-2 loss at Texas that dropped the Rays 8 1/2 games out of a playoff spot with only 26 to play.

"We just haven't been able to rustle up enough offense on a consistent basis," manager Joe Maddon said. "Using the 'rustle up' term being that I'm in Texas."

For the three-game series in Arlington, the Rays managed just 13 hits and six runs, and they lost twice.

"That's been the story of the season -- the offense," said Evan Longoria, who walked twice and struck out twice in four plate appearances. "It's very frustrating, especially when we know it's there, and we've seen it at times, and it's been so inconsistent. Disappointing overall."

The top three hitters in the Tampa Bay batting order went a combined 0-for-8 Thursday.

The Rays hope the offense will pick up at home during a weekend series against the Orioles.

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