ST. PETERSBURG -- Joey Butler lined a single to center, a loud sigh from the Tropicana Field crowd vibrated around the park, and it was over.
Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay's young manager, swallowed hard. He felt good and bad at the same time. Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco, with an overpowering pitching performance, came within one strike of no-hitting the slumping Rays in Wednesday night's 8-1 loss before Butler's two-out hit in the ninth inning.
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