ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Everything that went wrong for Kyle Lohse on Monday night happened in the sixth inning, and that was enough to get him beaten.
The Tampa Bay Rays put together two walks and a couple of scratch hits in the decisive inning to beat Lohse and the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 in the opener of a three-game interleague series.
"It was frustrating," said Lohse, who sailed through the first five innings. "I thought I made some good pitches. It was a tough one."
After a walk to Evan Longoria loaded the bases on a pitch Lohse thought was a strike, James Loney popped a single into right-center to drove in both of Tampa Bay's runs.
"For the most part I was making pitches and doing the things we set out to do," said Lohse. "It was just unfortunate that the game turned the way it did."
Jake Odorizzi won his third consecutive start for the Rays, who have taken 10 of 11.
Odorizzi (7-8) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to beat the team that took him 32nd overall in the 2008 draft.
Mark Reynolds put the Brewers ahead 1-0 with his 18th homer of the season in the third, but the Brewers' other two hits were infield singles.
Reynolds and Khris Davis hit line drives that were caught at the wall by Rays right fielder Kevin Kiermaier.
"It's tough when you're not consistent scoring runs, and when we come up against real good pitching we realize we're not going to score a lot of runs," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.
"But I still think we have enough guys that we should be able to scratch out more than three hits and more than one run," he said.
The Brewers lost for the second straight day in a game in which they gave up just two runs.
"That's baseball. You go through hot streaks, cold streaks," Reynolds said. "The good teams find consistency in between. We're just not swinging well right now. At this time next week, we might be talking about how hot we are."
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