Matt Carpenter went hitless again Tuesday, dropping his average to .252 on the year.
The third baseman went 0-for-4 and struck out twice against Reds starter Mike Leake, continuing his freefall since the end of May. Carpenter is now hitting .172 (15-for-87) with 19 strikeouts in July. He insists there's nothing physical going on, but there's certainly something wrong with the 29-year-old's swing right now.
Jake Odorizzi got the win with six innings of one-run ball versus the Tigers as the Rays skated to a 10-2 victory on Tuesday.
Yoenis Cespedes belted a solo home run to right-center in the fourth inning, accounting for the scant damage. Odorizzi scattered six hits and a walk while striking out eight in the sterling effort. In 16 starts, the right-hander has a 2.76 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP and an 82/26 K/BB ratio in 97 2/3 innings. Odorizzi is scheduled to take on the White Sox in a road start next.
Mike Leake threw eight shutout innings in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.
In what was possibly his last start as a member of the Reds, Leake showed off for potential suitors. The right-hander scattered four hits and a walk over eight innings, striking out three. It was his fourth straight start allowing zero or one run, improving to 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.15 WHIP on the year. In the event Leake survives the trade deadlien as a member of the Reds, he'll take on the Pirates on Sunday.
Tim Beckham went 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBI as the Rays trampled the Tigers on Tuesday.
Beckham put the Rays up 1-0 with an RBI single in the second inning. The Rays had the bases loaded for him with the eighth and he promptly unloaded them with a triple as part of a five-run frame. Beckham has been on fire since rejoining the team to begin the second half, batting .346 (9-for-26) in 10 games.
David Price lost to the Rays on Tuesday, surrendering five runs in six innings of work.
The Rays jumped on him for three runs in the fourth inning, two of which came on the first of Curt Casali's two home runs. Casali victimized Price again for a solo shot in the sixth. The lefty, overall, allowed seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. He stands with a terrific 2.53 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and a 138/29 K/BB ratio in 146 innings. If Price remains with the Tigers through the trade deadline, he's on tap to finish out a road trip in Baltimore against the Orioles.
Jaime Garcia pitched well in defeat in his return to the mound Tuesday, allowing three runs over six innings in a loss to the Reds.
Garcia only yielded four hits while walking two on the night, but one of those was a three-run homer by Joey Votto in the sixth inning. He was otherwise sharp, striking out five while throwing just 80 pitches. Garcia was activated from the disabled list earlier Tuesday after missing a month with a groin strain. He owns a 2.00 ERA and 0.89 WHIP despite a 3-4 record, and Garcia will square off with the Rockies on Sunday.
Evan Longoria finished 1-for-4 in Tuesday's rout of the Tigers, slugging a solo home run.
Longoria kickstarted a five-run eighth inning to blow the Tigers out of the water, taking Neftali Feliz out to right-center for a solo home run. The third baseman is on a modest six-game hitting streak, batting .268/.337/.420 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI on the year.
Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, but the Tigers were felled by the Rays on Tuesday.
Cespedes hit a solo home run off of Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning to create a 1-1 tie. He's gone deep in back-to-back games and seven times in 19 games since July 6, giving him 17 on the year with 58 RBI and a .289/.321/.500. The Tigers are four games under .500 with less than three days remaining until the trade deadline. Cespedes remains a candidate to be moved in a trade.