Streaking Red Sox Throttle Reeling Rays

Odorizzi Departs With Injury, Sox Sweep Rays

The Boston Red Sox won their eighth game in a row defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 on Wednesday night. Jake Odorizzi (6-5, 4.38 ERA) took the loss for the Rays while Rick Porcello (6-14, 4.63 ERA) picks up the win for Boston.

The loss drops the Rays to 1-4 on their current 9-game homestand and 58-57 on the seasons. Since being a season high seven games over .500 (51-44 through July 18th), they have gone 7-13 and have fallen 7.5 games behind Boston in the AL East. They still are just one game out of the Wild Card, but they have to turn things around.

During the five games they have scored just four times. Only two other times in club history have the Rays scored four runs or fewer over a five games span. They 2 first did it in the Devil Rays days from July 2 through 9, 1998. Their most recent bout of futility ran from  May 30 through June 3, 2014.

The Rays have scored two runs or fewer in five consecutive games, their longest streak since September 25, 2014 through April 6, 2015. “The offense was quiet. We got sloppy a little today, but at the end of the day if we aren’t going to put runs up it’s going to be tough to win.” Kevin Cash said after the game.  “Porcello, he’s tough and good, but we’ve had plenty of games where we’ve had success against him. I thought today we missed pitches that we normally hit off him.”

The Rays only runs came on solo homers by Adeiny Hechavarria and Brad Miller.

Odorizzi Start And Injury:

Jake Odorizzi departed the game in the fifth inning after taking an Eduardo Nunez line drive off the right ankle. At the time he hadn’t allowed an earned run.

It was the second time this season he has departed a start against the Boston Red Sox. He departed his start April 15th with a sore hamstring and yesterday’s line drive to the foot. In between the April 15th start and last night’s early exit, Odorizzi had allowed a homer in 15 consecutive games. Only five other pitchers in MLB history had streaks of 15 games or more allowing a homer.

Up Next For Rays:

The Rays will welcome the Cleveland Indians in for a four game series. Blake Snell (0-6, 4.98 ERA) takes the mound for the Rays. The Indians will counter with Danny Salazar (4-5, 4.32 ERA).

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