Perfect: Rays Sweep Red Sox To Cap 7-0 Homestand

ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- For the first time in franchise history, the Tampa Bay Rays finished a seven-game homestand unbeaten, finishing off a three-game sweep of the division-leading Boston Red Sox 9-1 Sunday at Tropicana Field

Snell extends record start streak in gem

Rays starter Blake Snell allowed just a single run on a pair of hits in going six innings against Boston.  He faced the minimum through the first three, allowing just a second-inning walk to Steve Pearce, who was thrown out trying to advance on a ball in the dirt.

Mookie Betts would get Boston's first hit, a single to lead off the top of the fourth.  Boston's only other hit off Snell (16-5) was a double by Jackie Bradley Jr. in the sixth, which led to the Red Sox only run of the game, coming on a Betts sacrifice fly.

Snell improves to 3-0 in four starts this season against Boston, and extends his Major League-record streak of consecutive home starts allowing one earned run or fewer to 14 straight starts.

"I thought he had great stuff," Rays manager Kevin Cash said after the game.  "Obviously when you're playing against a Red Sox lineup and you have success against them, that's going to help.   

Top of order keys offensive output

The Rays were able to set the table using the top of the batting order against Nathan Eovaldi.  Joey Wendle started the game with a flare double down the left field line, moving to third on a base hit by Matt Duffy and scoring on a Ji-Man Choi single.  AFter Tommy Pham struck out, Jake Bauers lifted a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Duffy to make it 2-0.

The top of the order again struck Eovaldi in the third, with three straight singles by Duffy, Choi and Pham leading to a third run, and after Bauers lined out for the second out of the inning, Kevin Kiermaier laced a two-run triple to left for a 5-0 advantage.

Duffy made it 6-0 in the fourth thanks to a sacrifice fly, and drove in another run in the sixth with an RBI double, scoring Brandon Lowe.

Michael Perez's two-run double in the seventh made it a 9-1 game, with Diego Castillo and Andrew Kittredge combining to throw three innings of one hit relief to finish off the sweep.

Sunday's Firsts

  • The Rays are the first team to sweep a series from the Red Sox this season, and the first since Baltimore swept them August 25-27, 2017.  The Rays had not swept Boston in a series May 23-25, 2014.
  • The Rays finished a two-series homestand unbeaten for the first time in team history, going 7-0 against Kansas City and Boston.  Their previous best record for a two-series homestand was 6-1, last occurring July 5-11, 2010.

Tuesday's matchup

Tampa Bay Rays (70-61) at Atlanta Braves (73-57), 7:35 p.m. first pitch, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 6:30 with The Inside Pitch presented by Crown Eurocars.

Rays starter - RHP Ryne Stanek (2-3, 2.53 ERA)

Braves starter - RHP Julio Teheran (9-7, 4.09 ERA)

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