Sports Rays top Red Sox 3-2 for 3-game sweep, widen lead in East
Shooting outside Nationals Park halts Padres-Washington game
WASHINGTON (AP) — The game between the San Diego Padres and Washington was suspended in the sixth inning Saturday night after police said there was a shooting outside Nationals Park. The shooting, an exchange of gunfire between people in two cars, left three people injured, according to Ashan Benedict, the Metropolitan Police Department’s executive assistant police chief. One of the people who was shot was a woman who was attending the game and who was struck while she was outside the stadium, he said. Her injuries weren’t considered life-threatening.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Shane McClanahan went six strong innings and Brandon Lowe homered as the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Sunday night, completing a three-game sweep.
McClanahan (5-4) allowed one run and four hits, helping the Rays take a 1 1/2 game lead over Boston.
“The guys put it together,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “They played really, really good baseball. A lot of tight games. They're a good team, we're a good team. To be able to win three, that's not easy to do. So credit the guys a lot.”
Hunter Renfroe homered for the Red Sox, who have lost a season-high four in a row and five of six.
Renfroe's slam leads 6 HRs as Red Sox rout Blue Jays 13-4
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam, Kiké Hernández drove in three runs with two homers and the Boston Red Sox snapped a two-game losing streak with a 13-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night. Rookie Jarren Duran hit his first major league homer, Dylan Santana and Rafael Devers also went yard, and J.D. Martinez broke out of a slump with four hits as the Red Sox improved their AL-leading road record to 29-19. Red SoxRookie Jarren Duran hit his first major league homer, Dylan Santana and Rafael Devers also went yard, and J.D. Martinez broke out of a slump with four hits as the Red Sox improved their AL-leading road record to 29-19.
“We're still here,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “Obviously, we don't like losing. We want to be more consistent. It's just four games. We know that. We still have a good team.”
Kiké Hernández and Rafael Devers had consecutive two-out singles in the ninth off Matt Wisler, who then retired J.D. Martinez on a short fly to right for his first save.
Boston went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.
Nick Pivetta (8-5) retired his first eight batters before walking Mike Zunino on four pitches with two outs in the third. After falling behind 3-0, Pivetta got the count to 3-2 before Lowe lined his career-high 23rd homer into the right-field seats.
“I think it kind of speaks for itself, I think we came out and we played our baseball.” Lowe said of Rays' play during the sweep. “In all honesty, that's kind of what we expect out of ourselves. We know we're not going to win every single game, but if we can play like we did these past few days we'll be in good shape.”
Red Sox end Germán's no-hit bid in 8th, storm past Yanks 5-4
BOSTON (AP) — Domingo Germán was simply dominating the Boston Red Sox. Never more so than in the seventh inning, when the Yankees right-hander struck out stars J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts and rookie Jarren Duran. As Germán walked off the mound then with a no-hitter intact and a solid lead, there was no way to envision what was on deck. Held hitless into the eighth by Germán and looking feeble, Alex Verdugo and the Red Sox suddenly erupted for five runs to shake Fenway Park and storm past New York 5-4 on Sunday.
Manuel Margot put the Rays up 3-1 with an RBI single in the fifth inning.
Alex Verdugo had a leadoff double off Drew Rasmussen in the seventh and scored on a wild pitch with two out, pulling the Red Sox within 3-2. Hernández singled and Devers walked before Rasmussen avoided further damage by getting a fielder’s choice grounder from Martinez.
Rasmussen walked Xander Bogaerts to start the eighth and retired the next two batters before Ryan Sherriff entered and struck out Verdugo.
“Tonight we had a lot of traffic,” Cora said. “We need to do a better job controlling the strike zone in certain situations. When we control the strike zone, we're good. We don't, we get into trouble.”
Pivetta gave up three runs and three hits in 4 ⅔ innings. He had allowed just two hits over 11 ⅔ scoreless innings in two previous starts — both this season — against the Rays. The right-hander was pulled after 6 ⅔ no-hit innings on June 24 at Tampa Bay, joining Babe Ruth (May 20, 1916 against the St. Louis Browns) as the only Red Sox pitchers to be removed from a game with no hits allowed in six or more innings.
Rays hit 3 HRs, beat the Red Sox 7-3 to tighten AL East race
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yandy Díaz, Mike Zunino and Randy Arozarena homered and the Tampa Bay Rays moved within a half-game of AL East-leading Boston with a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series on Friday night. Boston has had at least a share of first-place in the division since June 28. The Red Sox or Rays have been in the top spot since April 10. “I love our chances,” winning pitcher Josh Fleming said. “We have the best team in the East, I think. Just because we are not in first doesn’t mean we don’t have the best team.” Díaz connected on a two-run drive in the first.
Renfroe made it 2-1 on his 16th homer in the fourth.
Hansel Robles gave up a hit during a scoreless sixth in his Boston debut. He was acquired from Minnesota on Friday.
SALE AND SCHWARBER
Boston LHP Chris Sale will make a fifth minor league rehab start later this week for Triple-A Worcester and will have his status re-addressed afterwards. He last pitched in the majors on Aug. 13, 2019.
Recently acquired slugger Kyle Schwarber (hamstring) is nearing a rehab assignment and will take part in an off-day workout Monday in Detroit.
The Rays have swept eight series of three or more games, which ties Milwaukee for the most in the majors. ... Boston was swept for the second time. The other was the season-opening series Apr. 2-4 against Baltimore.
Red Sox: Hernandez was pinch-run for the ninth. He had bruised his side earlier in the game on a defensive play at second base. ... INF Marwin Gonzalez (right hamstring strain) might be back Tuesday.
Rays: LHP Jeffrey Springs (right knee sprain) was placed on 10-day injured list. Tampa Bay has 15 players on the IL and all are pitchers. ... RHP Chris Archer (right forearm tightness) left after one inning in his start at Triple-A Durham due to left hip soreness.
Red Sox: RHP Garrett Richards (6-6) will go against Detroit RHP Willy Peralta (3-2) Tuesday night.
Rays: RHP Michael Wacha (2-2) and Seattle RHP Chris Flexen (9-5) are Monday night’s starters.
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Mark Didtler, The Associated Press
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