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Rays rally previous Purple Sox 8-4, prolong lead in AL East

Tampa Bay’s Francisco Mejía singled with the bases loaded within the ninth, Boston’s Hunter Renfroe made a expensive error on the play, and it helped the Rays rally previous the Purple Sox 8-Four on Tuesday evening.

Tampa Bay’s lead within the AL East is now as much as 5 video games.

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The Rays had been 2 of 9 with runners in scoring place earlier than Mejía, who entered the sport as a defensive substitution within the seventh, delivered a single to proper. The ball skipped previous Renfroe for an error and that allowed all three runners to attain, giving Tampa Bay a 7-Four lead.

“He was prepared for it and simply laced a giant double — no matter it was — proper down the road for simply enormous runs for us,” supervisor Kevin Money stated.

Formally, Mejía was credited with a single and two RBIs and the Rays added one other run on Brandon Lowe’s single. Louis Head shut down Boston so as within the ninth to complete off the Purple Sox, who misplaced for the 10th time in 12 video games.

Lowe additionally homered for the Rays, who acquired a two-run double from pinch-hitter Ji-Man Choi to tie it at 4-all within the seventh after Boston had led 4-1.

“For Ji to come back off the bench like that and put collectively the at-bat that he does, it’s very spectacular and an enormous testomony to him,” Lowe stated.

Andrew Kittredge (8-1) pitched two scoreless innings of reduction for Tampa Bay.

The Purple Sox blew a sport they desperately wanted, coming off a 2-Eight highway journey that began with a three-game sweep by the Rays in Tampa Bay. Matt Barnes (6-5) pitched the ninth for Boston and took his second straight loss.

“We didn’t make pitches with two strikes they usually acquired to Barnesy on the finish,” Boston supervisor Alex Cora stated. “It’s been a grind for him recently and it was a grind for us tonight.”

Renfroe hit a three-run homer for Boston within the fourth and Rafael Devers led off the second along with his 28th homer of the 12 months.

Eduardo Rodríguez gave Boston a stable begin, placing out eight over 5 1/three innings. He allowed two runs on 4 hits and a stroll, getting pulled within the sixth after Wander Franco’s RBI single scored Mike Zunino to tug the Rays inside 4-2.

The one different run allowed by Rodríguez was Lowe’s 25th homer within the third.

Luis Patino pitched six innings for the Rays, permitting 4 runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out seven.

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PULLING AWAY

The Rays improved to a season-best 25 video games above .500 at 69-44. It was Tampa Bay’s 36th come-from-behind victory and the Rays had been feeling completely snug atop the division standings.

“I don’t assume there’s one particular person in our locker room that thinks there may be too large of a deficit to come back again from, actually,” Lowe stated. “All of us imagine in one another to go up there and put collectively productive at-bats and it’s simply the way it rolls. One man will get on, the subsequent man will get on and rapidly there’s a rally going. “

STILL SLUMPING

Barnes additionally took the loss Sunday at Toronto, when he entered with two outs within the eighth and an 8-6 lead earlier than George Springer’s three-run homer helped the Blue Jays rally to a 9-Eight win.

Cora stated Barnes has truly been pitching properly and the shedding burden does not all solely on the Boston nearer.

“For us to be higher, all people has to contribute. I feel it’s extra that than anything. We nonetheless belief the man. We all know he’s good,” Cora stated.

Boston fell to 10-14 for the reason that All-Star break and misplaced its sixth straight to Tampa Bay.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: Reinstated outfield Randy Arozarena from the COVID-19 IL and had him batting leadoff. Arozarena drove the primary pitch of the sport for a single to middle. … Tampa Bay additionally positioned LHP Ryan Yarbrough on the COVID-19 IL and positioned RHP DJ Johnson (proper shoulder sprain) on the 10-day IL, retroactive to Monday. Supervisor Kevin Money stated Johnson may have a slight muscle tear and was getting second opinions. … After his pinch-hit double tied it within the seventh, Choi was instantly changed by a pinch-runner due to soreness in his left hamstring.

Purple Sox: OF/1B Kyle Schwarber (strained proper hamstring, left groin soreness) has been figuring out and is getting nearer to creating his debut for Boston, however supervisor Alex Cora wouldn’t say when he hopes to have Schwarber added to the lineup. Schwarber was acquired from the Washington Nationals earlier than the commerce deadline and has but to play for the Purple Sox. … Cora stated LHP Chris Sale was nonetheless on monitor to rejoin the group and begin Saturday towards Baltimore. Sale is recovering from Tommy John surgical procedure and has not pitched within the majors since Aug. 13, 2019.

UP NEXT

Rays: Tampa Bay hasn’t named a starter for Wednesday’s sport. Money stated the may go along with an “opener” to pitch the primary couple of innings, then flip it over to the bullpen, or presumably begin LHP Josh Fleming (9-5, 4.12 ERA).

Purple Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (9-7, 4.07) will get his first begin since permitting a season-high seven runs over Four 2/three innings Friday in a loss at Toronto. It was solely the third time in 22 begins that Eovaldi failed to finish 5 innings.

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