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Tampa Bay0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 122
  W: J. Feyereisen (4-1)   L: M. Barnes (3-2)
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, June 24, 2021
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 10,961

Rays look to recapture division lead vs. Red Sox

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Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. The Red Sox swept a three-game series with the Rays in Boston in April, their first sweep of Tampa Bay since April 2019 and their first series win over the Rays since July 2019. Boston ranks second in the AL with 5.03 runs per game (Houston -- 5.68), while Tampa ranks second in the AL with a 3.38 ERA (Chicago -- 3.33).
  2. Boston has MLB's best road record this year at 23-12 (.657). This is the fifth time since 1940 that the Sox have had 23+ wins through 35 road games of a season (1975, 1986, 2002, and 2018). They won the AL pennant in three of those four previous campaigns (all but 2002).
  3. The Rays have lost six games in a row, their longest losing streak over the last three years, and have allowed five or more runs in each of their last five games. This is the only time in the last five seasons that Tampa has both lost and allowed 5+ runs in five straight games.
  4. Rafael Devers leads MLB this year in both road home runs, with 13 (t-most with Fernando Tatis Jr.), and road RBI, with 37. He has eight more homers and 17 more RBI on the road than he does at home, both of which are the largest differences by any AL hitter in 2021.
  5. Brandon Lowe is slashing .395/.510/.765 in his career against Boston. His .395 batting average is the best by any player versus any opponent since 2018 (minimum 100 PA).
  6. Ryan Yarbrough has a 7.99 ERA in seven games against the Red Sox since 2019, the highest mark by any pitcher versus any club in that span (minimum 30 IP). Eduardo Rodriguez has a 7.63 ERA since the start of May, the second-worst mark among the 96 pitchers with at least 40 innings pitched during that span (J.A. Happ -- 8.36).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/22/2021 thru 6/24/2021

The Tampa Bay Rays broke their seven-game losing streak Wednesday night and now will look to climb back into first place in the American League East when they host the Boston Red Sox in the finale of their three-game series on Thursday.

The Rays moved to within a half-game of AL East-leading Boston with an 8-2 win -- using three home runs, five solid innings of starting pitching and four strong frames of relief to lock down their first victory since June 14 in Chicago over the White Sox.

This will be the sixth meeting this season between Boston and Tampa Bay, with the Red Sox winning the first four.

On Wednesday night, each team mustered just six hits, with half of the base knocks going for extra bases. The teams also combined to walk 15 times, strike out on 21 occasions and strand 20 runners on the bases.

"We needed it," said Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash of the skid-ending victory. "We were starting to feel it. We're a good team that's gone through a tough stretch."

Seven of the Rays' eight tallies were scored via home run -- a three-run shot by Brandon Lowe and two-run blasts by Austin Meadows and Mike Zunino.

"The home runs helped us out a lot," Cash said. "We continued to find (at-bats) to separate the game."

The Rays are 14-3 in their past 17 games against division opponents.

Coming off a 77-pitch losing effort Friday in Seattle, Michael Wacha (1-2, 5.19) will get the start Thursday night and try to rebound after a rough outing. He surrendered five runs and 11 hits in just 3 2/3 innings against the Mariners.

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two career starts against the Red Sox.

Dynamic infielder Wander Franco made his first start at shortstop in place of fellow rookie Taylor Walls (right wrist soreness) and went hitless but had productive at-bats -- walking twice and scoring a run.

Wednesday's loss was just Boston's third in its past 11 road games.

In the series finale, the club will send out Nick Pivetta, who has a 6-3 record and a 4.36 ERA over 14 starts in his second season with the Red Sox.

April and May produced a 6-0 record, but in June, Pivetta has lost three times and received a no-decision in a June 7 win against the Miami Marlins. In 20 2/3 innings pitched this month, he has surrendered 13 runs -- all earned -- and 22 hits. His ERA for the month is 5.66 ERA.

After yielding four home runs in his first 11 starts, the right-hander has given up six in his past three outings.

Pivetta, 28, said the key is simply being a little sharper with his offerings.

"I think it's just limiting those (mistake) pitches and making sure that they're more crisp, in a sense," Pivetta said.

The Canada native has made one career appearance against the Rays -- April 5 in his first start -- and earned the win with five innings of two-hit, shutout ball. He struck out four and walked four.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 24, 2021

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