The Tampa Bay Rays (68-61) set a new high water mark for the season at seven games over .500 with a 10-3 win over the first place Boston Red Sox (90-40) on Friday night at Tropicana Field.
The Rays struck first in this game, in the second inning. After successfully executing a double steal that seemed to breath life into the ballpark, Carlos Gomez had an RBI ground out that gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead. Michael Perez then doubled to center field to lift the Rays to a 3-0 lead.
The Red Sox quickly attempted a comeback, as they have done all season long, and Xander Bogaerts drove in two to pull within 3-2. The Rays quickly responded in the bottom of the third inning, putting together a five-run frame to make it 8-2. Willy Adames made it 10-2 with a two run blast in the fourth inning and the Rays were off to the races - the only thing the Red Sox were able to do offensively from there was a run in the fifth when J.D. Martinez picked up his 110th RBI.
Diego Castillo got the start in the opener role for the Rays, and was effective through an inning and two thirds of scoreless ball. Jalen Beeks (3-1, 6.62) got the win allowing three runs, all of them earned, while striking out four and walking three in five and a third innings of work. Hunter Wood closed the game with two scoreless innings. For the Red Sox, the Rays were able to chase Hector Velazquez (7-2, 3.69) in their five run third inning, tagging him for eight runs in just two and a third innings of work.
The Rays now look to make it seven in a row when they meet the Red Sox in the second of the three game series on Saturday night. First pitch from Tropicana Field is scheduled for 6:10 PM - coverage begins with Steve Carney and the Inside Pitch at 6 on 620 WDAE & 95.3 FM, your home of the Rays.