Five Pitchers Combine To Shutout Red Sox
The Tampa Bay Rays became just the second team to shutout the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park this year defeating them 2-0 and avoid a series sweep.
Tampa Bay improves to 63-61 on the year and finish their nine game road trip through Toronto, New York, and Boston with a winning record (5-4).
Joey Wendle‘s solo homer in the second inning was the only run the Rays needed. It was Wendle’s seventh homer of the season. C.J. Cron gave Tampa Bay an insurance run in the ninth blasting his second homer in as many days. It was his 24th homer on the season.
Hector Velazquez (7-1, 2.74 ERA) takes the loss for Boston who fall to 88-37 on the year.
The Rays used five pitchers in holding the Red Sox lineup scoreless on a pair of hits. Diego Castillo, making his first start of his career, worked the first 1.2-innings allowing just one hit .
Beeks , acquired from Boston for Nathan Eovaldi, delivered four innings allowing just one hit while striking out three and walking a pair.
“It felt good, I hadn’t pitched well the last two times I was here so it felt good to get a win here.” said Beeks about facing his former team.
Chaz Roe, Jose Alvarado, and Sergio Romo retired the final 17 Red Sox batters to secure the win. It marks just the fifth time the Red Sox have been shutout this season and only the second time at home (also Chicago White Sox on June 8).
It’s a rather impressive lineup to shut down as Boston entered the game leading the MLB in runs (677), runs per game (5.46), average (.269), slugging percentage (.463), OPS (.801), doubles (277), and extra-base hits (472).
Up Next For Rays:
The Tampa Bay Rays return home to take on the Kansas City Royals in a four game series starting Monday night at 7:10.