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The Boston Red Sox could not ride their four-game winning streak into Fenway. In the first of four games, Tampa Bay defeated Boston 5-1. The Red Sox accumulated just four hits, including just two against Rays’ starter Yonny Chirinos.
Chirinos was not expected to pitch like Chris Sale, but that is exactly what happened. Tampa’s starter allowed just two hits and no runs over eight innings of work.
On the flip side, Rick Porcello allowed four runs over six frames. The right-hander also struck out four and walked one. Also of note, Mike Shawaryn, one of Boston’s top pitching prospects, made his MLB debut. He pitched two innings and allowed just one run.
Though the offense was scare, Xander Bogaerts did go 2-4 with a double. He has the best OPS of all qualified Red Sox hitters at .915.
The Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays for a doubleheader. Game One will begin at 1:05 p.m. eastern.