Defensive lapses continue at alarming rate

Defensive lapses continue at alarming rate

Defensive lapses continue at alarming rate
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays committed three errors Saturday night, giving the team its fifth game with three or more errors this season and the most three-error games since 2007, when the team had seven games with three-plus errors.

Through 65 games this season, the Rays have committed 57 errors and have 16 multi-error games. A year ago at the same juncture, the Rays had 31 errors and three multi-error games, and they did not commit their 57th error until Aug. 24.

Errors lead to unearned runs and the Rays have allowed 35 unearned runs this season, tying them with the Tigers for the most in the Major Leagues and leaving them two unearned runs shy of their total for the entire 2011 season, a total that ranked first in the American League.