August 24, 2018

G130: Rays 10, Red Sox 3

Red Sox - 002 010 000 -  3 13  0
Rays    - 035 200 00x - 10 12  0
The Rays hit six consecutive singles off Hector Velazquez (2.2-9-8-2-4, 72) with two outs in the third inning, every last one of them just barely out of the reach of an infielder.

The inning had begun with a single into right, but the runner was caught stealing and Velazquez got the second out on a strikeout. Then Ji-Man Choi grounded a single into right field, second baseman Ian Kinsler dove to his right but could not grab Willy Adames's hit, Kevin Kiermaier lined a hard shot past Steve Pearce's glove at first, Carlos Gomez singled past third baseman Eduardo Nunez, who was playing in on the grass, Brandon Lowe reached on a well-placed single that rolled into right, and Kinsler came up empty diving to his left on Michael Perez's ground ball. All that nickel-and-diming gave the Rays an 8-2 lead. Adames added a two-run dong in the fourth.

Two walks, two doubles, and two stolen bases gave Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead in the second. Xander Bogaerts drove in two runs in the top of the third. Both X and J.D. Martinez had three hits as the Red Sox actually outhit the Rays, though all 13 of their hits were singles. Boston left 11 men on base. and every batter in the lineup struck out at least once.
Hector Velazquez / Diego Castillo
Betts, DH
Benintendi, LF
Pearce, 1B
Martinez, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Kinsler, 2B
Nunez, 3B
Swihart, C
Bradley, CF

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