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Giants’ Snell allows 7 runs over 4 innings against Rays in return to Tropicana Field

 The Associated Press  |    Apr 14th, 2024 3:41pm EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fl.a (AP) — Blake Snell had a rough return to Tropicana Field with the San Francisco Giants.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed seven runs over four innings on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays, including a pair of home runs.

Amed Rosario hit a two-run homer in a three-run first and light-hitting catcher René Pinto connected on a three-run drive in the fourth. Pinto had two hits and nine strikeouts in his previous 13 at-bats.

Snell gave up six hits, two walks and struck out four. He threw 48 of 78 pitches for strikes.

The 31-year-old left-hander signed with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, made it to the major leagues in 2016 and was traded to San Diego after the 2020 season. He won his first Cy Young with the Rays in 2018, when he went 21-5, and made a pair of 2020 World Series starts against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He became a free agent last fall and signed a $62 million, two-year contract with the Giants, a deal that allows him to opt out after this season. Snell made his Giants debut last Monday and allowed three runs over three innings in an 8-1 loss to Washington.

Snell faced the Rays once previously as an opponent, allowing two hits and striking out 12 over six scoreless innings last June 17.

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