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Tillman's awful inning: a HR short of a pitching cycle

The third was a terrible inning for Chris Tillman, who is now out of the game.

He threw 38 pitches in the inning, only 18 for strikes, and faced nine batters before being yanked by interim manager Juan Samuel.

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The Rays nearly had a run-scoring cycle against Tillman. He gave up a RBI walk, a two-run single, a RBI double and a RBI triple.

Down 1-0 heading into the top of the third, Tillman failed to retire the first six batters he faced. He didn't get an out until Sean Rodriguez dropped a safety squeeze bunt that plated B.J. Upton with the Rays' fifth run of the inning.

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Overall, Tillman threw 76 pitches (41 strikes) in 2 2/3 and gave up seven earned runs before Matt Albers entered with Carl Crawford on third and two outs.

Albers yielded a RBI single to Evan Longoria and Tillman's line is officially over: 2 2/3 IP, 7H, 8 ER, 4BBs, 2Ks, 1 HB.

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