After retiring the first batter of the sixth inning, starter Zach Britton's night is done. At 5 ⅓ innings, the outing was the shortest of Britton's brief major league career. The left-hander allowed three runs on four hits, striking out four and walking one batter on the night.
He settled down in his final three innings, but the Rays did plenty of damage in the second inning. B.J. Upton doubled and scored on an Evan Longoria double before Brandon Guyer, in his first big-league at-bat, took Britton deep to left-center to make it 3-0 Rays. An Elliot Johnson single later in the inning was the last hit Britton would allow.
He threw 95 pitches -- and went to a three-ball count with eight of the 21 batters he faced.
Britton, who had gone at least six innings in each of his first six starts, saw his ERA increase from 2.63 to 2.94 on the evening.
-- Jon Meoli