Rays Return The Favor, Sweep Boston At Fenway Park

Tampa Bay Rays Defeat Boston Red Sox
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. The win gives the Rays a sweep in their rain shortened 2-game series.

Tyler Glasnow (5-0, 1.75 ERA) worked 6.2-innings allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out nine and walking one. Diego Castillo worked the ninth picking up his third save of the year.

With the win the Rays improve to 9-2 on the road and 18-9 overall. Tampa Bay has won four of their last five games on the heels of a season long four game losing streak.

Chris Sale (0-5, 6.30 ERA) takes the loss for Boston who fall to 11-17 on the season.

Daniel Robertson got the scoring started in the first inning belting his first homer of the season driving in Yandy Diaz who had opened the game with a double.

Tampa Bay extended their lead to 4-2 in the second inning when Yandy Diaz tripled over the outstretched glove of Jackie Bradley Jr. driving in both Guillermo Heredia and Willy Adames.

Boston cut the lead to 4-1 in their half of the sixth on a Mitch Moreland sacrifice fly and added a run in the bottom of the seventh on Michael Chavis‘ third homer of the season.

The Sox defense gave the Rays an insurance run in the ninth inning when Michael Chavis‘ return throw on a double play sailed over Mitch Moreland‘s head allowing Avisail Garcia to score.

Emilio Pagan came in to retire the final batter of the seventh, Jose Alvarado needed just eight pitches to retire the side in the eighth, and Diego Castillo needed just 12 pitches to lock down his third save of the season.

Roster Move:

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Hunter Wood during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Prior to the game, Tampa Bay welcomed Hunter Wood back from the Family Medical Emergency List and optioned Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham. Wood was originally placed on the paternity list on April 21.

Up Next:

Tampa Bay Rays
AP Photo/Chris O’Meara

Tampa Bay continue their three city road trip with a four game series with the Kansas City Royals beginning Monday night at 8:15 EST.

Ryne Stanek (0-0, 1.32 ERA) will be the opener for Tampa Bay with Yonny Chirinos expected (but not known) to work the bulk of the innings. Mitch Keller (2-2, 3.41 ERA) will take the mound for the Royals.

Boston remains at home and will host the Oakland Athletics at 7:10 pm EST. Eduardo Rodriguez (2-2, 5.88 ERA) will take the mound for Boston while the Athletics counter with Frankie Montas (4-1, 3.10 ERA).

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