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The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 10-3 on Friday night. With the victory, Tampa Bay moves to 68-61 on the season while Boston falls to 90-40 with the loss. Hector Velazquez started the game for the Red Sox and Diego Castillo (kind of) did the same for the Rays. The game was played at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay.
Velazquez, who was filling in for the injured Chris Sale, was absolutely shelled in his spot start. He only went 2 and 2/3 innings and allowed eight earned runs on nine hits. In other words, he raised his season ERA from 2.74 to 3.69 in one game. As a pitch-to-contact pitcher, the likelihood of a game like this was higher and it happened. There were many baseballs squeaking past the dive of infielders. By and large this season, those balls have been outs. Yesterday was a very different story.
To “stop the bleeding,” the maligned Drew Pomeranz came into pitch. He allowed a two-run homer early but he was very solid after that. The southpaw went 4 and 1/3 innings of two earned run ball, striking out two and walking two.
Aggravating the offensive assault by the Rays, former Red Sox prospect Jalen Beeks came into pitch against his old team. He was not as dominant as his first rendezvous against the Sox, but he held his own. He went 5 and 1/3 innings of 3 earned run ball, punching out four and walking three.
While there were not many runs scored for the Red Sox, they did actually outhit the Rays 13-12. Boston’s 3-6 hitters (Steve Pearce, J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Ian Kinsler) went a combined 10-18 in the game. That’s very good.
The Boston Red Sox will take on the Tampa Bay Rays at 6:10 p.m. eastern on Saturday. Rick Porcello will get the start for the Sox and Ryan Yarbrough will do his thing for the Rays. It will be the second of a three-game set.