Joe Maddon is concerned about the Tampa Bay Rays offense and their inability to make up for a poor night by the pitchers.
''Effort is good. Preparation is good. We're just unable to get the hit when you need to,'' Maddon said. ''I know we gave up six runs, but sometimes you've got to score seven, you've got to score eight. We're still unable to really put an offense together.''
Seattle's James Paxton threw six strong innings, allowing just one earned run in his major league debut, Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales hit solo homers and the Mariners continued Tampa Bay on their West Coast slide with a 6-2 win over the Rays on Saturday night.
Tampa Bay lost for the seventh time in nine games on its swing through Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles and saw its lead in the AL wild-card race reduced to one game after both Cleveland and Baltimore won on Saturday.
The Rays have spent 61 consecutive days in position for a postseason berth, but if they can't avoid a sweep by the Mariners on Su...