MLB Game Recap - Boston at Tampa Bay
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

PHI
2
WAS
7
F
BAL
10
TOR
11
F(15)
MIA
8
NYM
4
F
BOS
4
TB
7
F
STL
9
ARI
7
F

September 23, 2019 7:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Boston (81-75)

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

4

10

0

Tampa Bay (93-64)

0

0

0

6

0

1

0

0

x

7

8

0

W: Pruitt (3-0)

L: Poyner (0-1)

S: Poche (2)

BOS - HR: none

TB - HR: Lowe (17) , Adames (20) , Choi (17)

Playoff-contending Rays score 6 in 4th, beat Red Sox 7-4
Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:58 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays turned a rough start into another important win.

Ji-Man Choi, Brandon Lowe and Willy Adames homered during Tampa Bay's six-run fourth inning, and the Rays moved into sole possession of the second AL wild card by rallying for a 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

"Big hit after big hit," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. "It was awesome. Maybe the most exciting inning of the year."

The Rays hold a half-game lead over Cleveland, which had the day off.

"It's fun but it's stressful at the same time because you just never know what's going to happen," Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier said. "But at the end of the day, the beautiful thing about this game is that we control our own destiny."

The announced attendance was 8,779.

Boston slugger J.D. Martinez drove in a run to become the ninth player in franchise history to have at least 35 homers and 100 RBIs in multiple seasons. The list also includes David Ortiz, Jim Rice, Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams.

Jhoulys Chacin held the Rays hitless until one out in the fourth. After Austin Meadows and Travis d'Arnaud hit consecutive singles, Choi connected for a three-run drive.

Lowe had a solo shot that ended Chacin's night and Adames' two-run homer off Bobby Poyner (0-1) put the Rays ahead 6-4.

Tampa Bay went up 7-4 on Avisail Garcia's sixth-inning RBI double. He was thrown trying for a triple on a great on-the-fly throw from the right-field corner by Mookie Betts.

"That's probably the best throw I've ever thrown," Betts said. "I didn't know I could do that. It's fun to do stuff that you didn't know you could do."

"He proved it once again, he's elite," Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. added.

Colin Poche, the ninth Tampa Bay pitcher, struck out pinch-hitters Christian Vazquez and Xander Bogaerts with two on in the ninth for his second save. Austin Pruitt (3-0) worked one inning.

Chacin allowed four runs and four hits over 3 2/3 innings. Between Milwaukee and Boston this season, the right-hander has given up 22 homers in 100 2/3 innings.

After scoring once in the second and third, Rafael Devers and Martinez hit RBI singles in the fourth. Devers has 113 RBIs.

The Rays have trailed in seven straight games and 13 of 14, but have gone 9-5 in those games.

"This one was probably the more challenging one because it was ugly (early on)," Cash said. "So, this was frustrating and really, really that much more encouraging for us to mount that comeback."

Rays lefty Blake Snell struggled in his second start since surgery to remove bone chips in his throwing elbow on July 29, giving up one run and two hits in 1 2/3 innings. The 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner threw 29 of 52 pitches for strikes.

"Guys picked me up," Snell said. "It's pretty exciting to see these guys do what they always do."

HONORS

Meadows and right-hander Charlie Morton were voted co-winners of the Don Zimmer award as the Rays MVP by members of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: OF Andrew Benintendi (jammed left thumb) was available off the bench. ... RHP Heath Hembree (right elbow inflammation) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and pitched a perfect seventh.

Rays: Garcia (vertigo-type symptoms) missed the three previous games.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (18-6) is slated to get the ball Tuesday night at Texas.

Rays: RHP Yonny Chirinos (9-5) will make his second appearance since being sidelined by right middle finger inflammation in early August against the AL East champion New York Yankees on Tuesday night. Yankees LHP CC Sabathia, moving to the bullpen for the postseason, is scheduled to make his first career regular-season appearance as reliever.

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Pitchers of Record

Boston IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
B. Poyner (L, 0-1) 0.1 1 2 0 1 54.00 3.000
Tampa Bay IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
A. Pruitt (W, 3-0) 1 3 2 2 1 18.00 5.000
C. Poche (S, 2) 0.2 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.000

Batting Leaders

Boston AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Bradley Jr. 4 3 1 0 1 0 4 1 3.1
M. Moreland 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.5
Tampa Bay AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Choi 4 2 2 1 3 0 6 0 3.0
A. Meadows 3 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.7

Team Comparison

BOS TB
At Bats 37 31
Hits 10 8
Batting Average .270 .258
On Base Percentage .357 .324
Slugging Percentage 0.351 0.613
Doubles 3 2
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 0 3
Total Bases 13 19
Walks 5 2
Strikeouts 11 10
Stolen Bases 2 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 11 3
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 4/12 2/3
Double Plays Fielded 0 0
Errors 0 0

2019 Regular Season - TB Leads Series 12-7

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri Apr 19 BOS 6 @ TB 4 B. Workman D. Castillo
Sat Apr 20 BOS 6 @ TB 5 M. Barnes J. Alvarado
Sun Apr 21 BOS 4 @ TB 3 M. Walden J. Alvarado
Sat Apr 27 TB 2 @ BOS 1 C. Morton D. Price
Sun Apr 28 TB 5 @ BOS 2 T. Glasnow C. Sale
Fri Jun 7 TB 5 @ BOS 1 Y. Chirinos R. Porcello
Sat Jun 8 TB 9 @ BOS 2 R. Yarbrough J. Smith
Sat Jun 8 TB 1 @ BOS 5 D. Price C. Poche
Sun Jun 9 TB 6 @ BOS 1 B. Snell E. Rodriguez
Mon Jul 22 BOS 9 @ TB 4 E. Rodriguez J. Beeks
Tue Jul 23 BOS 5 @ TB 4 C. Sale C. Poche
Wed Jul 24 BOS 2 @ TB 3 C. Morton D. Price
Tue Jul 30 TB 6 @ BOS 5 A. Kolarek J. Taylor
Wed Jul 31 TB 8 @ BOS 5 R. Yarbrough R. Porcello
Thu Aug 1 TB 9 @ BOS 4 B. McKay A. Cashner
Fri Sep 20 BOS 4 @ TB 5 D. Castillo T. Kelley
Sat Sep 21 BOS 4 @ TB 5 D. Castillo J. Smith
Sun Sep 22 BOS 7 @ TB 4 N. Eovaldi R. Yarbrough
Mon Sep 23 BOS 4 @ TB 7 A. Pruitt B. Poyner

Game Information

Stadium: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Attendance: 8,779
Game Time: 3:29
Weather: 70F, Dome or Roof Closed
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?