Rays Slug Four Homers, Losing Streak Ends At Three

Morrison’s Slam Highlights Power Outburst By Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays hit a season high four homers including a Grand Slam by Logan Morrison en route to a 10-5 win over the Boston Red Sox.  Chris Archer (2-0, 2.21 ERA) picks up the win as the Rays end their three game losing streak.

The win ends the Rays four game losing streak against the Red Sox and moves them back ahead of even at 6-5 on the year.

Rick Porcello (1-1, 7.56 ERA) takes the loss for the Red Sox. The loss ended a streak of 15 consecutive quality starts by Porcello. He also failed to go at five innings for the first time in 43 starts dating back to 8/26/15. The loss drops the Red Sox to even at 5-5.

Archer’s First Win In Fenway:

Chris Archer delivered 5 2/3 innings allowing a run on six hits while striking out five and walking two. It was his first career win at Fenway Park.

Entering Friday night’s start, Chris Archer had never won at Fenway Park, going 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA (24.2-IP/20-ER) in five starts. He had allowed five earned runs or more in three of his five prior starts.

Archer Ends Streak Against Sox:

Chris Archer entered Friday night’s start staring at a 11-game losing streak against the Red Sox. It was tied for the longest losing streak against the Red Sox since Floyd Bannister (11) from 1982-1986 while Bannister was with the Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox.

The streak is the third longest against Boston since Baseball Reference data is available (1913). It’s the longest losing streak in Rays franchise history against any opponent. It was also the longest losing streak by a pitcher versus any opponent since Mark Buehrle lost 12 in a row against the New York Yankees from 2004-14.

Peterson Homers In Rays’ Debut:

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Prior to the game, the Rays moved Mallex Smith to the 10-day disabled list, moved Brad Boxberger from the 10-day DL to the 60-day, and purchased the contract of Shane Peterson. Manager Kevin Cash inserted Peterson in the eight hole as the designated hitter. The move paid off as Peterson hit a 2-run homer in his first plate appearance to give the Rays a 2-0 lead.

It was also Peterson’s first taste of the big leagues since October 4, 2014 versus the Chicago Cubs while a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. He was limited to 15 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2016 due to a pair of stints on the disabled list for his left forearm.  He was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round of 2008. He was a college teammate of Evan Longoria at Long Beach State.

He finished the game going 2-for-5 with three runs driven in.

Morrison Connects On Grand Slam:

Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, Grand Slam
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Logan Morrison’s Grand Slam was the first for a Ray since May 11th of last season. In tht game, Corey Dickerson connected against the Mariners Taijuan Walker.

Since the start of the 2013 season Rays’ pitchers have allowed the most grand slams in the American League (21) and second most in baseball.

In that span, Morrison is just the sixth Ray to hit a slam. He joins Dickerson, Joey Butler, Kevin Kiermaier, Wil Myers, and Evan Longoria.

Miller and Souza Go Back To Back:

Brad Miller and Steven Souza Jr. connected on back-to-back homers to chase Rick Porcello in the fifth inning. It was Souza’s second home run of the season and Miller’s first.

Miller broke out of a season long slump going 3-for-4 with a walk. He finished a double shy of the cycle.  Souza continued his impressive start to the ’17 season going 2-for-4 with a walk.

Up Next For The Rays:

The Rays and Red Sox will play the second of their four game series on Saturday afternoon at 4:10 p.m. The Rays will send Jake Odorizzi (1-1, 4.50 ERA) to the mound. The Red Sox will counter with Chris Sale (0-1, 1.23 ERA).

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