The Boston Red Sox got their first win against the Tampa Bay Rays this season beating them at home 6-1. Clay Buchholz threw an impressive game and was supported by the emerging Boston offense. Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz both homered in the Red Sox victory.
The Rays have the best record in the league, but the Red Sox beat them for the first time in five tries. The victory allowed the Red Sox to push their record to the best it’s been all season at 25-21 good for fourth place in the American League East.
Clay Buchholz gave the Red Sox a stellar pitching performance going six innings, allowing six hits, striking out eight, and issuing one base-on-balls. Buchholz has won five of his last six starts for the Boston club. He has also strung together eight straight road wins dating back to last August. It is the longest such road streak by a Red Sox pitcher since Rodger Clemens in 1993.
Carlos Pena was the only Ray to get to Buchholz, hitting a solo homerun in the bottom of the fourth. The Rays left five runners on the bases and threatened only early. Buchholz escaped a first inning bases-loaded jam when he coaxed John Jaso into a ground ball that went for an inning-ending double play.
The Boston hitters responded to allegations that they had not been supporting their starting pitching with runs. They were up 4-0 by the end of the third inning off of RBI singles by Adrian Beltre and Jeremy Hermida. David Ortiz also hit a solo shot in the second.
Kevin Youkilis hit his 10th homer of the season off of Rays reliever Lance Cromier in the fourth. The Boston first baseman has been on a tear hitting .400, with five homeruns, and 12 RBIs over his last nine games.
Dustin Pedroia also broke out of his slump Monday night, breaking an 0 for 19 streak with a three hit performance.
The Red Sox are happy to finally win a game over the leaders in the east. Ortiz expressed how they felt after the game in the club house.
“Of course, man. These guys have been giving us a hard time,” Ortiz said. “Not only to us, to everyone,” the slugger added. “They have the best record in baseball. So you’ve got to play your best.”
MLB Sportsbooks have the Boston Red Sox as the underdogs again Tuesday night versus the Tampa Bay Rays at +102. The Rays’ line is set at -112. The over/under for total runs is set at 9.