Defense Falters In Ninth, Rays Drop Third Straight

Sloppy Ninth Inning Leads To Defeat

Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox
AP Photo/Steve Nesius

Willy Adames‘ throwing error opened the ninth inning. Then a wild pitch and passed ball aided the Boston Red Sox who scored three times en route to a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Alex Colome (2-5, 4.22 ERA) takes the loss for the Rays who have dropped their last three contest and fall to 22-25 on the season.

Joe Kelly (3-0, 1.99 ERA) picks up the win for the Red Sox who improve to 9-3 against Tampa Bay and 34-15 on the season.

Chris Archer started for the Rays and worked a strong six innings allowing just one earned run on four hits while striking out six and walking three.

David Price started for the Red Sox and also worked six innings allowing just one earned run on three hits striking out nine and walking three.

“Pretty well pitched ballgame on both sides.” Manager Kevin Cash said. “Arch [Chris Archer] came out and threw the ball really really well against a team that has very much challenged him. That was great to see, he’s kind of took off from his start in Anaheim and carried it over which is really good.”

Defensive Play Of The Game:

With 2-out in the fifth inning, Eduardo Nunez singled to the opposite field. He scampered around the bases as Jackie Bradley Jr. found the left-center field gap. Johnny Field threw a strike to Willy Adames who threw a bullet to Jesus Sucre who tagged Nunez out. On the play, Christian Vazquez seemed to signal for Nunez to stand up.  Additionally, Jesus Sucre did a nice job to play it cool and not give any indication that the throw was coming. It was the play of the game for the Rays.

Cron Accounts For Rays Only Run:

C.J. Cron delivered an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth for the Rays only run.

Rays Faria Heads To Disabled List:

Prior to the game, Tampa Bay placed  Jake Faria on the disabled list with an oblique strain. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Vidal Nuno was added to the roster to take Faria’s place. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays placed Nathan Eovaldi on the 60-day disabled list.

Eovaldi started for the Durham Bulls in what is expected to be his last rehab start. He worked four innings allowing eight earned runs on 10-hits while striking out six and walking none. He made 71 pitches with 50 for strikes.

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