Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Tampa Bay0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 160
Boston0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 x 270
  W: G. Richards (7-7)   L: J. Chargois (5-1)   S: H. Robles (12)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, September 8, 2021
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 26,649

Red Sox aim to avert sweep in finale vs. Rays

According to STATS
According to STATS

Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Rays have a 9-7 advantage in the season series, but the Red Sox lead 4-2 in games played at Fenway Park with a +18 run differential. Six of the 16 total meetings have been decided by five or more runs while four of the meetings were one-run decisions. Boston scored a season-high 20 runs on August 11 at home against the Rays.
  2. The Rays have lost three of five games after winning nine straight games. They have the most road wins in the American League with 41. They also have the most wins versus their own division in the American League with 44 (White Sox are second with 38).
  3. The Red Sox had their four-game winning streak snapped yesterday by Cleveland. Boston is 9-3 in its last 12 games played at home. While the Sox' season average is a lot higher at home (.276 to .243), their home run total is not much higher (93 to 91).
  4. Brandon Lowe is 4-for-7 with two home runs in his last two games after going 0-for-14 in his previous four games. He has 13 career home runs against the Red Sox which is his most against any team. He has also hit .420 (21/50) all-time at Fenway Park, his highest at any ballpark.
  5. Hunter Renfroe is hitting .324 (24/74) with eight home runs and 21 RBI in his last 19 games, since August 10. He also has eight multi-hit games in that stretch. He has 26 home runs this season with 13 being at home and 13 being on the road.
  6. Ryan Yarbrough is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in four games, three starts, against the Red Sox this season, allowing five home runs in 18.0 innings. Chris Sale is 3-0 in four starts this season. In his last start, he allowed two runs in 6.0 innings at Tropicana Field.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/6/2021 thru 9/8/2021
(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

The Boston Red Sox look to avoid a costly sweep as they host the Tampa Bay Rays in the finale of a three-game series Wednesday night.

The Red Sox (79-62) have dropped three straight to see their grip on the second American League wild card drop to two games over the suddenly surging Toronto Blue Jays, who have won six in a row. The New York Yankees, also in the midst of a slump, maintain a half-game lead over Boston for the first wild card.

Magnifying the Red Sox's skid is that they've allowed at least 11 runs in each defeat. Eduardo Rodriguez was roughed up for six runs over 3 2/3 innings Tuesday in a 12-7 setback.

"He wasn't able to put them away," Boston manager Alex Cora said of the left-hander, who had held the Rays scoreless over six innings in his last outing. "... Two-strike hits, two-strike damage. It happened fast."

Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (10-8, 3.73 ERA) will take the mound for Boston on Wednesday looking to buck the trend. Tampa Bay counters with lefty Shane McClanahan (9-5, 3.76).

The Rays (88-51) have won four of five as they continue to run away with the top overall seed in the AL. Tampa Bay upped its advantage in the East to 9 1/2 games following Tuesday's results.

Nelson Cruz (4-for-5) and Mike Zunino (3-for-4) led the way on Tuesday with two home runs and four RBIs apiece. Cruz reached 30 homers for the seventh time in eight seasons, becoming the oldest player in major league history to accomplish the feat at 41 years old.

Cruz surpassed David Ortiz (38 HRs in 2016) and Darrell Evans (34 in 1987), who were each 40 when they reached the mark.

"It's an honor to be by his side," Cruz said of fellow Dominican Ortiz.

On the other end of the age spectrum, Rays rookie Wander Franco worked a seventh-inning walk to extend his on-base streak to 37 games -- an AL record for a player 20 years old or younger. Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle had held the mark since 1952.

Frank Robinson holds the overall record at 43 games in 1956.

Eovaldi pitched 6 1/3 quality innings his last time out, holding the Cleveland Indians to three runs on six hits. He punched out nine and extended his streak to five games allowing three runs or fewer.

The stretch began with a one-run, seven-inning performance against the Rays on Aug. 11 in which he struck out 10. Eovaldi is 4-6 with a 4.81 ERA in 13 career games (11 starts) versus Tampa Bay.

The rookie McClanahan took the loss against Boston in his last performance, surrendering four runs on eight hits over five innings on Thursday. He is 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts against the club.

Wednesday marks the finale of the regular-season series between the Red Sox and Rays. Tampa Bay has won 11 of 18, including nine of 12 since the All-Star break.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 8, 2021