Zach Eflin works 6 scoreless innings, Jose Siri homers twice and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Nationals 3-1

Zach Eflin worked six scoreless innings, Jose Siri homered twice and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 on Friday night.

The Rays' Yandy Díaz singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to a team-record 20 games, surpassing Jason Bartlett's mark set in 2009. Tampa Bay was the only team not to have a player with a 20-game hitting streak.

With the win, Tampa Bay improved to 41-41. The Rays haven't been over .500 since May 21.

Washington slipped to 2-5 on a nine-game trip.

Eflin (4-5) scattered four hits, struck out six and snapped a five-start winless streak. Pete Fairbanks, the third Rays' reliever, worked the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances, closing out the five-hitter.

Siri had a solo homer in the second inning before Isaac Paredes added an RBI single that put the Rays up 2-0 in the third inning. Mitchell Parker (5-4) kept the Nationals close he when struck out José Caballero with the bases loaded to end the inning.

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - JUNE 28: Jose Siri #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a home run in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Tropicana Field on June 28, 2024 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Siri's second homer of the game and 11th of the season off Jacob Barnes in the sixth inning made it 3-0.

Washington's Jacob Young got his second double of the game in the seventh, stole third for his 19th stolen base and scored on catcher Alex Jackosn's throwing error.

Parker gave up two runs and six hits in five innings. The rookie left-hander has allowed three earned runs or less in 13 of 14 career starts.

Nationals left fielder Jesse Winker left the game after he stumbled and fell hard to the ground at the wall while catching Paredes' fly to end the first. There was no update regarding the injury during the game.


Nationals: INF Joey Gallo (strained left hamstring) hit off a tee and continued his running progression. … RHP Josiah Gray (right elbow-forearm strain) could go seven innings or 90 pitches an his next start Sunday with Triple-A Rochester.

Rays: 2B Brandon Lowe (broken right pinky toe) pinch hit in the seventh after missing four games. … LHP Jeffrey Springs (Tommy John surgery) gave up three runs in three innings and threw 48 pitches in his fourth start for Triple-A Durham.


Nationals RHP Jake Irvin (5-6, 3.13 ERA) will pitch against Rays RHP Aaron Civale (2-5, 5.20 ERA) on Saturday.

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