18-hits, Four Homers, And A Big Win
The Tampa Bay Rays bats remained hot banging out 18-hits in defeating the Boston Red Sox 12-6.
With the victory the Rays improve to 12-13 on the season. Their eight game win streak is the clubs longest since winning nine in a row July 12 through 26, 2014. The current win streak is tied for the third longest in franchise history (four times). Tampa Bay has won nine of their last 10 and are 11-5 over their past 16 games.
The win guarantees the Rays their fourth consecutive series win, something they haven’t done since June 3rd through 16, 2016.
Yarbrough Calms It Down:
Chirinos started the game but struggled allowing three earned runs on six hits in just two plus innings of work. His line would have been a lot worse had it not been for Yarbrough who entered with the Rays leading 4-3, but Boston had the bases loaded and nobody out.
David Price (2-3, 3.78 ERA) took the loss for the Red Sox who fall to 19-7 on the season.
Cash Talks About The Win:
The Mentality of Hitting Is Contagious – Matt Duffy 2016
As it has been during this win streak, it was the Rays offense that continued their assault on opposing pitchers. The 18-hit attack included four homers accounting for eight of their runs.
Denard Span sent a line drive single to center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. who misplayed the ball into a two-run inside-the-park homer. He finished the game 2-for-4 and is batting .342 (12-for-35) over his last nine games (eight starts). He has four doubles, two homers, and 11 RBI in that span.
Wilson Ramos finished the game 3-for-3 with his fourth home run and third in as many days and a double. It’s the first time in his career that he’s homered in three consecutive games. He has an extra-base hit in eight consecutive starts, tying the longest such streak in club history. Matt Joyce accomplished the feat from from August 16 through 28, 2013 and Evan Longoria from September 2 through 8, 2009.
Carlos Gomez went 2-for-6 with a solo homer. It’s his fourth homer of the season and sixth multi-hit game.
Johnny Field came to the plate with two-on and nobody out in the eighth inning. He showed bunt on the first two pitches, both pitches sailed out of the strike zone. Up in the count 2-0 Field swung away belting his first career homer.
“It was great how it worked out.” said Field. “Obviously I was in bunt mode the first two pitches, then I saw them take the sign off. I just had a feeling that he was going to groove a heater right there and that’s what happened.”
Matt Duffy finished the game 4-for-6 with a double. The four hits equaled a career high (twice).
Minor Injury and Roster Move:
Wilson Ramos singled in the seventh inning and had to depart the game with general leg soreness. After the game the Rays announced that Matt Andriese would start and Chih-Wei Hu would be recalled from Durham. The corresponding roster move will be announced on Sunday.
Up Next For The Rays:
The Rays look for the sweep on Sunday afternoon as Matt Andriese (0-0, 5.40 ERA) will start for Tampa Bay and Rick Porcello (4-0, 1.93 ERA) takes the mound for Boston.