ST. PETERSBURG (WDAE) -- Austin missed over a month of work after being diagnosed with coronavirus, though you wouldn't have known it watching his play Tuesday night.
Meadows had two hits and drove in a run to help Charlie Morton earn his first win of 2020, as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-1 at Tropicana Field, snapping their five-game losing streak.
Meadows struck out in his first at-bat of the night against Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi, but singled in his second time up in the third inning, then tripled in Michael Perez in the fifth for his first RBI of 2020. He then scored on a base hit by Brandon Lowe to push the Tampa Bay lead to 4-1.
Morton allowed a solo homer to Mitch Moreland in the top of the second inning, but scattered four other hits while nearly getting through six complete innings to even his record at 1-1 on the year.
Tampa Bay took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as Yoshi Tsutsugo drew a two-out walk against Eovaldi. Joey Wendle singled him up a base, the second of his three hits on the evening, and after Hunter Renfroe popped up the first pitch of his at-bat and hit the B ring in foul terrirory, he then doubled in both runners to give the Rays a 2-1 lead.
Ji-Man Choi added a sacrofoce fly in the seventh, scoring Lowe.
Aaron Loup worked 1 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, and Pete Fairbanks put up a zero in the eighth. But Ryan Thomspon got into a jam in the ninth, loading the bases on a Tsutsugo error, a single and a walk, forcing Kevin Cash to bring in Nick Anderson, who struck out Jose Peraza and Andrew Benintendi to end the game and earn his first save.
Tampa Bay can finish off a sweep of the two-game series with a win in Wednesday's finale. Ryan Yarbrough (0-1, 1.54 ERA) will get the start, taking on Martin Perez (1-1, 5.06 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 5:30 with The Inside Pitch.