By MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox had a tough day earlier than the game started, then the Tampa Bay Rays made it much more rugged.
Wander Franco prolonged his on-base streak 30 games with a two-run single, fellow rookie Luis Patiño pitched neatly into the sixth inning and the AL East-leading Rays received their eighth in a row, beating Boston 6-1 Monday evening.
The Red Sox had their whole of gamers on the COVID-19 associated injured checklist improve to 4 when left-hander Martín Pérez and right-hander Matt Barnes have been added previous to the primary pitch. Infielder-outfielder Kiké Hernández and infielder Christian Arroyo have been positioned on it final Friday.
After the game, Boston supervisor Alex Cora stated the crew came upon that reliever Josh Taylor was thought-about an in depth contact and can be quarantined. Coach Ramon Vazquez examined constructive, whereas first base coach Ton Goodwin can also be an in depth contact particular person.
“I’m simply glad that the people who examined constructive, they really feel OK,” Cora stated. “They’re going to be OK. The skilled facet of it, we simply bought to maintain grinding.
“It’s not straightforward,” he stated. “It’s quite a bit more durable at present than yesterday, and yesterday was more durable than the day earlier than, and hopefully tomorrow we’re OK. That’s what I prayed for, for this to be the top of it after which it is all about baseball.”
When requested if he was pissed off or indignant in regards to the scenario, Cora stated, “I’m simply drained.”
“To be fascinated about it the entire time and to have take care of this earlier than a game and through a game and all that, actually that is how I really feel proper now,” he stated.
Boston outfielder Hunter Renfroe, positioned on the bereavement checklist Thursday following the demise of his father, may return Tuesday.
Brandon Lowe hit his career-high thirty first homer on the primary pitch from Boston starter Nick Pivetta, sending the Rays on their method.
Boston, which led the Rays by 1 1/2 games getting into a three-game collection at Tampa Bay on July 30, dropped 9 game again in the division race.
Bobby Dalbec hit his 18th homer for the Red Sox, who maintain a two-game lead over Oakland for the second AL wild-card spot.
Tampa Bay are 83-48 and a franchise-best 35 games over .500
The 20-year-old Franco tied Mel Ott for the fifth-longest on-base streak by a participant beneath 21 along with his hit in the eighth that made it 6-1.
The 21-year-old Patiño (4-3) gave up one run and 5 hits in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander was coming off a win on Aug. 21 when he held the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox to 2 runs over a career-high tying six innings.
“Really encouraging,” Rays supervisor Kevin Cash of the series-opening win. “Luis was simply excellent. Wander choosing up his hit and lengthening only a actually spectacular run he is on.”
The Rays went up 3-1 in the fourth. Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-out double, went to 3rd when Mike Zunino reached on a wild pitch whereas putting out and scored on Lowe’s excessive hopper over Dalbec for a single.
Hansel Robles changed Pivetta (9-7) with two and no outs in the sixth and walked Lowe to load the bases. He ended up permitting only one run when third baseman Rafael Devers was charged with an error after misplaying Nelson Cruz’s mushy broken-bat grounder.
Austin Meadows picked up his 92nd RBI on a single in the third to place the Rays up 2-1.
Dalbec tied it at 1 on his second-inning drive.
Pivetta allowed 4 runs and 6 hits in five-plus innings. He struck out six, walked 5 and had two wild pitches.
The Rays optioned their lone double-digit winner, LHP Josh Fleming (10-6, 5.01 ERA), to Triple-A Durham.
Fleming has allowed 16 runs over 13 ⅓ innings in his final three outings.
“This will give him an opportunity to go hit the reset button, work on what’s made him good in the previous,” Cash stated.
Red Sox: RHP Ryan Brasier (strained left calf) could possibly be reinstated from the IL in the following few days.
Rays: OF Brett Phillips (proper ankle sprain) went on the 10-day IL and is predicted again when eligible on Sept. 9. … RHP J.P. Feyereisen (proper shoulder discomfort) returned from the 10-day IL.
Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough (7-4) will begin or comply with an opener Tuesday evening. Boston had not named a starter.
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