The Boston Red Sox scored four times in the first en route to defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 on Sunday afternoon.
Ryan Yarbrough (11-5, 4.08 ERA) takes the loss for Tampa Bay who fall to 92-64 on the season. They remain a 1/2-game in front of the Cleveland Indians for the second wild card spot, depending on the outcome of tonight’s Indians versus Philadelphia Phillies game.
The Boston Red Sox sent 10 men to the plate against Ryan Yarbrough in the first inning scoring four times highlighted by a Christian Vazquez three run homer. The Rays and Yarbrough were given a lifeline when Jackie Bradley Jr. was called out on what appeared to be ball four, and with the bases loaded would have scored a fifth run. The Red Sox forced Yarbrough to throw 31-pitches in the inning.
Overall Yarbrough was charged with six earned runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk in just 3.1-innings of work.
Rays Chop Away At Lead:
The Ray scored another run in the second to cut the Red Sox lead to 4-2. Brandon Lowe led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a Willy Adames single, and scored on Kevin Kiermaiers single.
Joey Wendle hit his second homer of the season, an opposite field solo shot, to cut the Boston lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the third inning.
Boston Extends Lead:
The Red Sox knocked Yarbrough out of the game in the fourth inning and extended their lead to 6-3. He departed with runners on the corners and 1-out. Andrew Kittredge entered and hit Xander Bogaerts with his first pitch, then walked J.D. Martinez to force in a run, and with 2-outs uncorked a wild pitch allowing another run to score.
Boston Takes Advantage Of Rays Defense:
Boston extended their lead in the seventh inning to 7-3. J.D. Martinez opened the inning with a single and moved to third when Austin Meadows couldn’t reel in a fly ball to right off the bat of Christian Vazquez, which was ruled a hit. Trevor Richards struck out the next two batters and got Chris Owings to ground slowly to thrid but Joey Wendle wasn’t able to field it cleanly allowing Martinez to score and the inning to continue.
McKay Hits First Big League Homer:
Roster Move: Brandon Lowe Activated
Brandon Lowe was activated from the 60-day injured list. To make room on the 40-man roster the Rays designated for assignment infielder Kean Wong. Lowe has been out since fouling a ball off his foot on July 2nd and suffering a quad injury in a rehab game on August 21st.
Up Next For Rays:
The Rays and Red Sox conclude their four game wrap around series on Monday at 7:10 pm. Blake Snell (6-7, 4.19 ERA) makes his second start since coming off the injured list. Jhoulys Chacin (3-11, 5.66 ERA) makes the start for Boston.