Andrew Benintendi drove in his fifth run of the game in the top of the ninth giving the Boston Red Sox a 6-5 over the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays, who had already climbed back from a 5-0 deficit, had the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth but Christian Vazquez threw behind Tommy Pham at first picking him off to end the game and short circuit the comeback.
After the game, Manager Kevin Cash said that “you have to learn from your mistakes, that’s how life is and the game of baseball. Just learn from it and don’t let it happen again.” Pham himself admitted to “messing” up on the play and took full responsibility.
The win improves the Red Sox to 8-13 on the season and is guarantees them a series victory over Tampa Bay. It’s their 8th series victory spanning the last 12 series (8-3-1) against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Jose Alvarado (0-1, 0.87 ERA) takes the loss for Tampa Bay who fall to 14-7 on the season and have lost their last three straight games.
Boston Breaks Out In Second Inning:
The Boston Red Sox opened the scoring in the top of the second inning as Charlie Morton had issues with his control walking two batters and then hitting the number nine hitter Sandy Leon with a pitch to bring in the first run.
The next pitch to Andrew Bennitendi was deposited in the left field seats for his first career Grand Slam giving Boston the early 5-0 lead. It appeared as if a fan had reached over the yellow line to snare the ball, but the slam was upheld under review.
In the inning, Boston’s J.D. Martinez extended his batting streak to 10 straight games with a single. He has now hit safely in 20 of the Sox first 21 games.
Charlie Morton wasn’t sure if there as fan interference on the Grand Slam but noted that Benintendi hit it far and hard and probably clears the bases anyways.
Kevin Kiermaier admits that his eyes may deceive him but he felt that there was fan interference.
The Red Sox five runs against Charlie Morton marking the first time the Rays starter allowed 3 runs or more since Blake Snell on Opening Day versus the Houston Astros.
Garcia Hits Fourth Homer:
Avisail Garcia cut the Red Sox lead to 5-1 launching his fourth homer of the season to right center field.
Two Triples In Fourth:
Ji-Man Choi tripled to lead off the Rays half of the fourth inning. He came in to score the Rays second run on a 1-out triple by Brandon Lowe that cut the Boston lead to 5-2. Unfortunately, Rick Porcello was able to strand Lowe at third by striking out Avisail Garcia and getting Kevin Kiermaier to bounce back to the mound.
Rays Score Two On Fourth Triple:
Tampa Bay cut the Red Sox lead to 5-4 in the seventh inning on a 1-out triple by Austin Meadows scoring Kevin Kiermaier and Guillermo Heredia. It was the Tampa Bay’s fourth triple of the game setting a new franchise single game record.
Yandy Is Dandy:
Tampa Bay tied the score at 5-5 thanks to a leadoff homer off the bat of Yandy Diaz in the home half of the eighth. It was his fifth home run this season in his 84th plate appearance. Prior to the 2019 campaign, he had hit just 5 homers in 379 career plate appearances.
Prior to Saturday’s game, the Tampa Bay Rays sent right handed reliever Casey Sadler to the Durham Bulls. To take his spot on the roster, Tampa Bay called up Jake Faria who is here to provide length if needed. He has posted a 1-0 mark with a 7.15 ERA (8ER/11.1IP) for the Bulls. Although, he has only allowed 3 earned runs over his last 8.2 innings of work spanning two starts.
Up Next For Rays:
Tampa Bay and Boston wrap up their three game series on Sunday afternoon at 2:10. Tyler Glasnow (4-0, 1.13 ERA) will take the mound for Tampa Bay. Boston counters with former Ray David Price (1-1, 3.79 ERA).