ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Eduardo Rodriguez pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, and the Boston Crimson Sox beat Tampa Bay 4-0 on Thursday evening for a break up of their four-game collection with the AL East-leading Rays.
After dropping the primary two video games, Boston ended Tampa Bay’s nine-game profitable streak with a 3-2 victory Wednesday evening.
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Garrett Richards changed Rodriguez (11-7) with two on and no outs within the seventh, and the right-hander escaped the jam with a pair of strikeouts and a fly ball. Richards earned his second save, ending a five-hitter.
Rays rookie Wander Franco prolonged his on-base streak to 33 video games with a seventh-inning stroll, however he left after the at-bat with a headache. He was checked by a coach after pointing towards his head a number of instances earlier within the plate look.
Franco tied Corridor of Famers Mel Ott and Arky Vaughan for the third-longest streak by participant below 21.
The Crimson Sox reported no new COVID-19 instances. Eight Boston gamers, together with star shortstop Xander Bogaerts, and two coaches have both had a constructive check or are thought of shut contacts since final Friday.
“It was a superb day in the present day,” Crimson Sox supervisor Alex Cora mentioned earlier than the sport. “Nothing to report. Guys are feeling OK, feeling higher. Now we’ve simply received to be affected person.”
Bobby Dalbec drove in two runs for Boston, which has a two-game lead over Oakland within the race for the second AL wild card.
Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan (9-5) gave up 4 runs and eight hits in 5 innings. The rookie left-hander had gained 5 straight begins. He allowed three runs or fewer in every of his earlier 13 outings.
Boston opened a 2-0 lead on two-out RBI singles by Dalbec within the first and Hunter Renfroe within the second.
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J.D. Martinez hit a run-scoring single earlier than Dalbec linked on one other two-out RBI single as Boston went up 4-0 within the fifth.
The Crimson Sox lead the majors with 284 runs scored with two outs. Dalbec has pushed in 23 runs over his final 21 video games.
The Crimson Sox claimed infielder Taylor Motter off waivers from Colorado.
Crimson Sox: INFs Kiké Hernández and Christian Arroyo have been the primary two Boston gamers positioned on the COVID-19 IL final Friday. Cora mentioned Hernández feels near 100% and Arroyo is feeling higher.
Rays: RHP Chris Mazza, optioned to Triple-A Durham on Aug. 28, was positioned on the COVID-19-related IL. … 1B Ji-Man Choi (strained left hamstring) is scheduled to play Friday and Saturday for the rookie-level FCL Rays.
Crimson Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (10-8, 3.71 ERA) will face Cleveland RHP Cal Quantrill (4-2, 2.93 ERA) on Friday evening.
Rays: RHP Michael Wacha (2-4, 5.70 ERA) and Minnesota RHP Randy Dobnak (1-6, 7.83 ERA) are Friday evening’s starters. Dobnak (proper center pressure) hasn’t pitched since June 19.
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