Rays Extend Win Streak To Eight Straight
The Tampa Bay Rays extended their season high win streak to eight in a row by defeating the Boston Red Sox 9-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Blake Snell (16-5, 2.05 ERA) picks up the win for the Rays who improve to nine games over .500 at 70-61. Snell worked six innings allowing just one earned run on two hits while striking out eight and walking two. He threw 89 pitches with 55 for strikes.
The start marked the 14th straight home start that Snell allowed 1-earned run or less. The streak dates back to September 12, 2017 against the New York Yankees. It’s the longest such streak in the majors since 1913 – when earned runs were officially kept in both leagues – according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Snell’s home ERA of 1.20 (9-ER/67.2-IP) would be the lowest home ERA by a starting pitcher in franchise history (David Price 1.81 in 2012).
In winning Tampa Bay becomes the first team this season to sweep the Red Sox. It marks Tampa Bay first sweep over the Red Sox since May 23 through 25, 2014.
“In sweeping them, we showed a lot. We are a good team.” Snell said. “When we are clicking, we’re scary. I think the combination of how good our defense is, how good our pitching is, bullpen, starters. And then with us swinging it the way we are swinging it. I haven’t seen seen the team play that will in awhile, so for us to do it against Kansas City and then Boston. Best team in the league right now. To be able to do that to them, it says a lot about our team.”
Despite dropping the season series to the Red Sox (8-11), the Rays did win 7 of the last 12 head to head matchups. The Rays offense banged out 12 hits and they improve to 41-9 when recording double digit hits.
Nathan Eovaldi (2-2, 4.15 ERA) takes the loss for Boston who fall to 90-42 on the season. The Red Sox have now lost three in a row and six of their last eight. It’s the first time that they’ve been swept in a series since the Baltimore Orioles on August 25 through 27, 2017
They lost their last four games to Tampa Bay marking the longest losing streak against them spanning the 2015-2016 seasons.
Rays Take Early Lead:
The Rays scored twice in the first and forced Nathan Eovaldi to throw 22-pitches. Joey Wendle got things started with a bloop opposite field double and moved to third on an infield hit by Matt Duffy. Ji-Man Choi bounced a single up the middle scoring Wendle for the games first run and Duffy moved third. Jake Bauers drove Mookie Betts to the track in right delivering a sacrifice fly to score Duffy.
Rays Extend Lead In Third:
Tampa Bay added to their lead getting three straight singles from Matt Duffy, Ji-Man Choi, and an RBI single from Tommy Pham. After Jake Bauers flew out to right Kevin Kiermaier delivered an RBI triple to score both Choi and Pham and give the Rays a 5-0 lead.
Tacking On Runs:
Tampa Bay added their sixth run in the home half of the fourth. The run scored in large part to a wild pitch uncorked by Nathan Eovaldi that pushed Michael Perez and Joey Wendle into scoring position. Matt Duffy brought Perez in with a sacrifice fly to center.
Rays Respond To Red Sox:
Boston scored in the top of sixth inning on a Mookie Betts sacrifice fly. The Rays responded in the bottom of the inning on a Matt Duffy RBI single to score Brandon Lowe.
Rays Tack On Two In Seventh:
Michael Perez made Matt Barnes pay for a pair of walks as Michael Perez delivered a 2-out RBI double to score both Jake Bauers and Brandon Lowe giving Tampa Bay a 9-1 lead.
Up Next For Rays:
After an off-day on Monday, Tampa Bay travels to Atlanta to play their final interleague series of the season, a two game set against the Braves. The Rays enter the series with a 6-12 mark in interleague play but have been outscored by just eight runs (64-72) in those games.
Manager Kevin Cash will go with “openers” on Tuesday and Wednesday in the National League park. After an off-day on Thursday the Indians head to Cleveland to take on the AL Central leading Indians in a three game series beginning Friday night at 7:10. Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow will work the first two games of the series.