The Rays are home and looking to complete a sweep of the Boston Red Sox after taking their first two games in the series. Jeffrey Springs starts against Nick Pevita.
Springs started this match by allowing a poor lead to Enrique Hernandez. He then hit the next two Red Sox hitters before Trevor Story could walk. JD Martinez flew to get Springs out of trouble.
Yandy Diaz pulled a lead against Bivita, and finished second by one inning. Randy Arrosarina walked in with two naysayers, but David Peralta came out to finish the run.
Springs worked a 1-2-3 at the top of the seventh inning, and only needed seven pitches to set the Red Sox on. Rays dropped about the same speed in the bottom half, as Ji-Man Choi was drawing a walk and the only difference between them was two.
Nine pitches was all Springs needed at the top of the third, again over the Red Sox 1-2-3. This time, the Rays dropped as well, and quickly sent that game into the fourth inning.
Replacing the springs in the fourth inning was a familiar face that made his return to the hill after two long years: Yonny Chirinos. Cherinos took charge of Springs, who threw three strong runs, allowing one hit and one walk while shooting two, and throwing 39 throws.
Chirinos got his first hit in a flight to the left but let alone and walk to the next hitters. He’s back in the pile known to the next hitters, hitting both to move this goalless game to the bottom of the fourth.
The Rays couldn’t achieve anything after Yonny’s turn, dropping 1-2-3 and only seeing eight pitches.
Chirinos started fifth by making Triston Casas fly, then scored his third goal in the match with K of Connor Wong. He allowed back-to-back singles, but on a full count basis he made Alex Verdugo fall behind, ending the half without scoring.
Francisco Mejia started the bottom of the fifth by doubling his lead, and moved to third on the Ji-Man Choi’s loud fly. Taylor Walls directed the single, Mejia recorded and gave Rays the lead. She stole the walls in second place, but was eventually stranded on the bases by the next hitters.
Chirinos’ third inning was his cleanest to date, getting twice off the ground and allowing a hit before hitting Rob Refsnyder to finish the inning. Nick Pevita’s day ended after five rounds of action for the Red Sox, and he was replaced by John Schreiber, who played a goalless role.
Colin Bucci entered the match at the top of the seventh inning, loosening up Chirinos after three impressive runs of work. Yoni threw 53 shots, allowing four hits and one walked, hitting four. Poche made the 1-2-3 inning, and moved that game to the bottom of the seventh inning.
Taylor Walls hit a double at the bottom of seventh and, in the wild way of Matt See them, tried to advance home, but was sent off.
Jason Adam entered the top of eighth, and allowed a lead song to Tommy Pham, followed by Alex Verdogo’s walk. Pham climbed to third after dropping Trevor Storey into a player pick, putting runners in corners. The story stole second place with JD Martinez on the board, and Martinez was out, but not far enough to let Fam score. Adam pushed Christian Arroyo off the field, keeping the Red Sox goalless.
The Rays dropped 1-2-3 in eighth, sending Pete Fairbanks up hill looking to close this out. Fairbanks started the break as he normally does, with a strike stroke, but walked on Triston Casas, something he hasn’t done much this season (his second career in 18.2 runs). Fairbanks hit Rhys McGuire for game two, and Enrique Hernandez flew right to finish this one off.
The rays swept the Red Sox, adding further separation from the last place in the East. The Rays are suspended tomorrow, but will travel to New York to play for the Yankees on Friday to start their three-game series. Drew Rasmussen will start against the Yankees pitcher to be determined.