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  W: M. Pérez (2-1)   L: R. Yarbrough (0-2)
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Skid broken, Rays go for sweep of Red Sox

According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. The Rays took 12 of the 19 meetings with the Red Sox last season, including seven of the last eight. However, Boston took the season series at Tropicana Field by winning its first five trips before dropping four of the last five.
  2. The Red Sox were swept in a three-game set at Yankee Stadium to fall to 3-7 on the season after starting last season 2-8. That includes a 1-5 record against the AL East in which they've given up 11 home runs -- 10 teams have yet to give up 11 home runs in total this season.
  3. Tampa Bay was swept in a three-game set in Baltimore and has now dropped five straight -- all on the road -- after winning four of its first five games at home. The Rays scored just 13 runs in the five-game road trip (2.6 per game) compared to 33 runs in their season-opening five-game homestand (6.6 per game).
  4. Xander Bogaerts went 7-for-11 in the three-game series against the Yankees, including a 4-for-4, two-homer day in Sunday's finale. It's his second career game hitting 4-for-4 or better with multiple home runs (also August 1, 2019 vs. Tampa) -- only two other Red Sox shortstops have done so even once (Nomar Garciaparra in 2002, John Valentin in 1995).
  5. Ji-Man Choi is slashing .371/.467/.645 in 22 career games against the Red Sox and his teams have gone 16-6 against Boston when he plays, including a 12-3 record when he records a hit.
  6. Charlie Morton is still seeking his first win of the season after two starts in which he has allowed opponents to hit .342 against him. Morton is 5-1 with a 4.09 ERA in nine career starts against the Red Sox and the Rays won four of his five starts against Boston last season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/4/2020 thru 8/5/2020

With Austin Meadows back and a five-game losing streak snapped, things are looking up again for the Tampa Bay Rays.

And it couldn't come at a better time as the Rays seek to finish off a two-game sweep of the slumping Boston Red Sox on Wednesday at St. Petersburg, Fla. A win would put Tampa Bay back at .500 at the 20 percent mark of the 60-game season before hosting the New York Yankees for a pivotal four-game weekend series beginning Friday.

The Rays send left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (0-1, 1.54 ERA) to the mound looking to hand the Red Sox their fifth straight loss. Boston counters with southpaw Martin Perez (1-1, 5.06).

Offense had been a bugaboo for the Rays during their skid, with the team batting a collective .210 entering Tuesday's contest. With 2019 All-Star Meadows hitting leadoff in his return from the COVID-19 injury list and a little help from the home ballpark, Tampa Bay pounded out nine hits in besting Boston 5-1.

"We missed Austin in a lot of ways," said teammate Joey Wendle, who had three hits in the win. "His numbers last year speak for themselves, but I don't think that does what he did last year justice. Just the presence he was in our lineup makes the hitters around him better."

Meadows went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple on Tuesday, but the big blow came on a Hunter Renfroe two-run double in the fourth inning that was made possible when a foul ball off his bat that looked catchable bounced off one of the dome's roof rings at Tropicana Field. The Rays grabbed the lead, and the bullpen kept the Red Sox scoreless the rest of the way.

That isn't to say Boston didn't have its chances. The visitors wasted a two-on, one-out chance in the eighth inning before loading the bases with one out in the ninth. Nick Anderson came on for Tampa Bay and struck out Jose Peraza and Andrew Benintendi looking to end the game.

"We had opportunities to get those big hits that we've been looking for," Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke said. "... I know we haven't scored enough runs like we're going to."

Benintendi is particularly struggling at 2-for-29 and could get Wednesday off against the lefty Yarbrough. Fellow outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. snapped an 0-for-20 drought with a ninth-inning single Tuesday.

Yarbrough has been the Rays' most effective starter this season, though he took the loss despite holding the Atlanta Braves to two runs on two hits over 6 1/3 innings in his last outing. The 28-year-old is 3-1 with a 4.84 ERA lifetime in nine games (three starts) against the Red Sox.

After a shaky debut for Boston, Perez limited the New York Mets to two runs on two hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win in his last start. The 29-year-old has had a rocky past at Tropicana Field, where he is 1-3 with an 8.39 ERA in five games (four starts).

The Red Sox and Rays will meet again for a four-game series in Boston beginning Monday.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 5, 2020

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