Chirinos Shuts Down Red Sox, Rays Take Opening Game Of Series

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Chirinos Dominant In Rays 5-1 Win

WP: Yonny Chirinos (7-2, 2.87 ERA) ; LP: Rick Porcello (4-6, 4.86 ERA)

Tampa Bay Rays Defeat Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Yonny Chirinos tips his cap as he walks to the dugout after the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Kevin Kiermaier drove in four runs and Yonny Chirinos delivered eight scoreless innings as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-1 to open their four game weekend series.

Chirinos was fantastic in retiring the first 15 Sox batters before running into trouble in the sixth He walked Brock Holt to open the frame and Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with single. Christian Vazquez pinch hit for Sandy Leon and flew out to right for the first out. Mookie Betts walked to load the bases but Chirinos bore down and struck out Andrew Benintendi looking and Rafael Devers swinging to escape the jam.

To say that he was outstanding was an understatement according to Manager Kevin Cash who points to the sixth inning as a special moment. “It was the sixth inning where he got in some trouble, couple walks, but really bared down and made some big big pitches to really good hitters in Benintendi and Devers to get through the inning.”

After the harrowing sixth inning, Chirinos came out and delivered two more scoreless frames giving the Rays’ bullpen an much needed night of rest ahead of tomorrow’s day-night doubleheader

Chirinos worked eight scoreless innings on two hits while striking out six and walking two. The win was Tampa Bay’s third in a row on the heels of a four game losing streak and they improve to 15-games over .500 at 38-23 on the season. They move to within a 1/2 game of the New York Yankees in the AL East after the Yankees lost to the Cleveland Indians 5-2.

Emilio Pagan allowed a run in then ninth. It was just his second earned run he’s allowed on the season and first since April 18th, his second outing of the season.

Rick Porcello (4-6, 4.86 ERA) worked six innings allowing four earned runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking one. The loss drops Boston to 33-30 on the season.

Tampa Bay got on the board first when Ji-Man Choi delivered a solo homer in the top of the second. Tampa Bay improved to 30-9 when they score first.

The Rays increased their lead to 3-0 as Kiermaier delivered a 2-out 2-RBI single in the top of the 4th. Kiermaier added an RBI single to push the lead to 4-0 in the sixth inning. He capped off his night with a solo homer in the top of the ninth giving Tampa Bay a 5-0 lead.

Kiermaier tied a career high with four RBI (4-times, most recent April 1, 2019 vs Rockies) finishing the night 3-for-4 and is now batting .256/.316/.454 with seven homers on the season.

Roster Move:

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Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Casey Sadler during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, May 6, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

In need of a fresh arm in the bullpen, prior to Friday night’s game Tampa Bay recalled right handed reliever Casey Sadler from Durham and optioned right handed reliever Hunter Wood to Durham. Sadler begins his fifth stint with the Rays this season and has appeared in seven games pitching to a 1.76 ERA (3ER/15IP).

Additionally, catcher Erik Kratz declined his assignment after clearing outright waivers and was released.

Austin Pruitt will be the Rays 26th man for the doubleheader.

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Ryan Yarbrough delivers in the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Tampa Bay and Boston will play a double header on Saturday. The first game begins at 1:10 and the Rays will start Ryan Yarbrough (4-2, 6.32 ERA). Boston will counter with Josh Smith (0-1, 4.89 ERA).

The second game is at 6:10 and David Price (3-2, 2.83 ERA) will make the start for Boston. Tampa Bay has not announced their starter.

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