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Kiermaier knocks in four, Rays beat Red Sox at Fenway

Kevin Kiermaier

BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier hit an early three-run double and broke a tie with an RBI grounder throughout a four-run sixth inning that despatched the Tampa Bay Rays previous the Boston Crimson Sox 8-4 on Tuesday evening.

Yandy Díaz had three hits and an RBI because the Rays evened the three-game sequence between AL East rivals at one apiece.

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The Rays have received 4 of 5 since a four-game slide on the finish of June.

“We’re taking these child steps to getting again and locked in,” Kiermaier mentioned. “We’re beginning to get our juju again or our swag again — no matter you need to name it. We’re displaying up and I really feel like our confidence is rising slowly however certainly and that’s what you want on this sport to succeed.”

Xander Bogaerts and Trevor Story homered for Boston, and J.D. Martinez had two doubles and a single. The Crimson Sox had received 5 straight at residence earlier than the Rays prevailed in driving rain that began within the seventh and continued till Jason Adam, Tampa Bay’s sixth pitcher, retired Story for the ultimate out in worsening situations.

The Crimson Sox had been 2 for 12 with runners in scoring place and left 11 on base general. Boston didn’t capitalize within the fifth after Rob Refsnyder led off with a single and Martinez adopted with a double that obtained previous proper fielder Josh Lowe as he made a diving try and catch the ball.

Ryan Thompson (2-2), who took over for starter Jeffrey Springs within the fifth, obtained out of the jam with the sport nonetheless tied 3-all, and the Rays did not waste their probability the next inning.

Wander Franco drew a leadoff stroll and Isaac Paredes singled. Franco scored on a fielder’s selection by Kiermaier, who later scored on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Partitions.

Randy Arozarena and René Pinto added RBI singles earlier than the rally ended. Tampa Bay tacked on one other run within the seventh on an RBI single by Paredes.

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Nick Pivetta (8-6) pitched 5 2/3 innings for Boston and allowed seven runs on eight hits with two walks and 4 strikeouts.

Springs went 4 innings for the Rays, allowing three runs and 5 hits whereas hanging out 5. Bogaerts’ two-run shot within the first and a solo homer by Story within the second had been Boston’s solely runs till Bogaerts hit a sacrifice fly within the seventh.

FOR STETSON

Springs had simply returned to the group from Florida, the place he went to be along with his spouse and their 5-month-old son, Stetson, who was hospitalized with an undisclosed sickness.

Springs, who wrote his son’s title within the grime on the mound at first of the sport, mentioned the kid’s prognosis is bettering, nevertheless it has been a daunting stretch for the household. With out saying what the sickness was, Springs’ voice cracked with emotion just a few occasions as he spoke about his household’s scenario after the sport.

“They’ve obtained it below management. They’ve obtained him on the medication he must be on and stuff and now it’s simply type of a ready sport as a result of it takes slightly bit to run its course. Him being so small, they’ll solely give him a lot,” Springs mentioned. “It’s positively getting higher.”

Springs mentioned the Rays had been permitting him to return to Florida on Thursday.

“They’ve been very supportive,” he mentioned.

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Díaz took exception, after which just a few steps towards the mound, after a pitch from Pivetta sailed excessive and inside within the fifth. Boston catcher Christian Vazquez stopped Díaz from getting any nearer, and nothing aside from just a few phrases had been exchanged — though just a few gamers did begin to make their means out of the dugout.

Via a translator, Díaz mentioned he thought Pivetta may nonetheless have been upset about one of many two early doubles he hit off him, however an outburst by Pivetta apparently wasn’t directed on the Tampa Bay slugger.

“Once I circled and requested him what he was saying, he mentioned it wasn’t in direction of me however I used to be already slightly bit heated,” Díaz mentioned with a slight smile.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: Optioned LHP Josh Fleming to Triple-A Durham and reinstated Springs from the household medical emergency record. … Tampa Bay additionally claimed INF Yu Chang off waivers from Pittsburgh and transferred INF Brandon Lowe (decrease again) to the 60-day injured record.

Crimson Sox: RHP Michael Wacha might return to the rotation Friday evening in opposition to the AL East-leading New York Yankees, supervisor Alex Cora mentioned. Wacha was scratched from his scheduled begin Monday due to an arm subject and was scheduled for a bullpen session Wednesday. … RHP Nathan Eovaldi threw two innings to hitters earlier than the sport and seemed to be getting nearer to returning, Cora mentioned. … LHP Chris Sale, out since spring coaching due to a stress fracture in his ribcage, is scheduled to make a rehab begin for Triple-A Worcester on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

RHP Corey Kluber (3-5, 3.91 ERA) is up for the Rays in opposition to RHP Brayan Bello, who’s scheduled to make his main league debut for the Crimson Sox on Wednesday evening.

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