The Tampa Bay Rays remain the only undefeated team in baseball after Shane McClanahan pitched six innings and Wander Franco and Harold Ramirez each homered to finish off a three-game sweep in Washington, DC, taking Wednesday afternoon’s finale 7-2.
McClanahan didn’t have the same sort of ease that he did on Opening Day against Detroit, but was able to limit the damage to just a RBI double by Victor Robles in the second, which came after Jose Siri had given Tampa Bay the lead in the top of the inning, and a RBI single by Michael Chavis in the fourth that allowed Washington to cut the lead back to a single run.
Franco’s home run in the third off Patrick Corbin gave the Rays the lead for good, as his liner got into the visiting bullpen for his second homer of the year.
Wander leaves the yard!
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Harold Ramirez came into the game hitless on the season, but got his first base hit in the second, and in the sixth, he would connect off Corbin for his first home run of the year.
Tampa Bay will have Thursday off before returning back to Tropicana Field to start a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics. Zach Eflin (1-0, 1.80 ERA) gets the start, taking on Ken Waldichuk (0-1, 9.53 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40.