Stumbles, strikeouts and strandings as Rays crush Red Sox

Apr 30, 2018, 02:52

Denard Span hit a two-run homer and made a leaping catch in front of the Green Monster for the Rays, who had their third-longest winning streak in team history halted. With AP Photos.Sandy Leon hit an opposite-field, go-ahead RBI single inside the third-base bag with two outs in the eighth inning against Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory that snapped the Rays' eight-game winning streak. Field hit his first big-league homer, a three-run blast in the ninth. Tampa Bay has won nine of their last 10 and are 11-5 over their past 16 games.

"He tweaked his hamstring running around the bases", Boston manager Alex Cora said. Boston has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the under has cashed in five of those seven.

Pomeranz struggled for five innings in his second start of the season. The Red Sox didn't push a run across until Betts doubled home Christian Vazquez in the sixth.At a time when presumed ace Chris Archer has stumbled out of the blocks to the tune of a 6.61 ERA in six starts, Snell has been a stabilizing force for the Rays."He looked the part tonight, looked the part of that No. 1, elite, whatever you want to call it", Cash said.Wilson Ramos, Rob Refsnyder and Daniel Robertson hit early home runs to help power the victory. "Right now, we're striking out too much. We had chances. We had chances to put them away early in the game".

Gomez's leadoff shot in the seventh made it 7-5, and Field extended Tampa Bay's lead with a drive to left against Brian Johnson.

David Price (2-3, 3.78 ERA) took the loss for the Red Sox who fall to 19-7 on the season. "I just had a feeling that he was going to groove a heater right there and that's what happened". Bradley popped up and ran after the ball, which rolled all the way to the wall, but Span had enough time to cruise around the bases. Field got the ball back, and has one form his first hit, and plans to let his mom and dad who gets which one.

He was staked a 1-0 lead in the first, when the Sox loaded the bases to start the game only to score one after J.D. Martinez collected his 31st strikeout of the year, Xander Bogaerts hit a sacrifice fly and Rafael Devers struck out to end the inning. That was all for Chirinos.

Rays: Ramos left after a single in the seventh. The slugger glared at the pitcher and appeared to say something before flipping his bat toward Boston's dugout and walking slowly to first with Rays catcher Jesus Sucre in between the pair, but nothing escalated.

Red Sox: RHP Steven Wright (knee surgery) was reinstated from the disabled list, and then placed on the restricted list so he can serve a 15-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. Porcello is 2-0 with 11 strikeouts and a 2.84 ERA across two starts against Tampa Bay this year.

Rays: RHP Matt Andriese (0-0, 5.40 ERA) gets his first start of the season.

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