The Tampa Bay Rays' recent offensive surge has helped them bust out of a slump that lasted over a week.
It's been quite the opposite for the New York Mets lately.
Tampa Bay seeks its fifth consecutive victory while looking to send New York to its seventh defeat in eight games when the teams begin their first series at Tropicana Field since 2001 on Tuesday night.
The Rays (35-25) have outscored opponents 29-10 during their four-game winning streak, defeating Miami 4-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Elliot Johnson hit a two-run homer and Matt Joyce added a solo shot for Tampa Bay, which averaged 2.6 runs while dropping six of eight May 28-June 6.
Johnson went 5 for 8 with five RBIs in the last two games, and Joyce has homered in two of his last three to give him a team-leading 11.
"It's a little bit of a roller coaster. That's the way hitting goes, that's the way baseball goes," Joyce told the team's official website. "There's ups and downs. And it was just a case of ...