Boston Uses Six-Run Eighth Inning To Stun Rays 8-7

Despite setting a season high in runs and hits (11), Tampa Bay suffered its eighth straight loss after matching its worst start in franchise history through eight games at 1-7.

Xander Bogaerts, who might be the one Red Sox hitter you would have wanted to get off to a fast start given his frustrating, injury-affected second half previous year, has been sensational, with a 1.000 OPS and five doubles.

Xander Bogaerts has been smacking doubles all over the park but the highlight of this young season was Saturday's grand slam - a rarity for this Boston Red Sox team. "Now he's doing it with power". Hanley Ramirez walked, then came two quick outs. J.D. Martinez later followed suit for his in a Red Sox uniform. Rafael Devers also connected. The team's starting pitching staff has an ERA of 1.28, a WHIP of 0.93 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.4.

"We've been on and off. It's just a matter of time", he said.

Adam Jones sparked a five-run rally in the top of the seventh inning with a two-run homer off Masahiro Tanaka as visiting Baltimore opened a four-game series in NY with a win. Against the cutter, Price's opponents are hitting.059 - as you'll see in the chart below, even when it's in the middle of the plate, hitters aren't driving it - with an expected weighted on-base average (derived from exit velocity and launch angle) of just.153.

But except for a certain Tampa Bay Times writer, there probably weren't too many other folks planning to hit both games.

HOUSTON - Max Stassi hit a three-run homer off Tyson Ross (1-1), Charlie Morton (2-0) allowed four hits and three walks for one unearned run in six innings. "To go out there and get 21 outs and give up no runs".

PHILADELPHIA - Jake Arrieta (0-1) lasted just four innings in his Philadelphia debut, allowing three runs - two earned - and three hits while striking out five. "It just seems like late in the game we've been kind of doing that, but I think we can do that anytime". In order to beat the Rays, they would need to find a way to erase their six-run deficit.

"It's always frustrating like that", Rodriguez said. "I'm in the big leagues and I can't throw strikes to anybody".

One point of interest today will be whether CF Kevin Kiermaier is back in the lineup after missing Saturday's game - and staying back at the hotel - due to what the Rays said were "flu-like symptoms".

Red Sox' no. 1 prospect Michael Chavis has been suspended for 80 games without pay, per a league announcement on Friday. Cora also said that it's "most likely" that he'd return to the rotation if things went well. But the Red Sox mounted a furious rally.

Ohtani (2-0) struck out the side twice and finished with 12 strikeouts in all.

Tampa Bay beat Boston in the season opener last week. The 2013 club held the previous record when they went the first seven games without an error.

For numerous folks who pledge allegiance to Boston's boys of summer, opening day at Fenway Park is an annual rite of passage that signifies the birth of another hardball summer. Doerr's retired No. 1 on the right-field facade was encircled by a wreath of flowers.

  • Julie Sanders