ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Taylor Walls and Yandy Díaz had two-run singles during a five-run breakout in the seventh inning, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Thursday night and a four-game to finish sweeping.
The Red Sox appeared to be in control, with rookie Kutter Crawford hitting a three-pointer in seventh place and Boston leading 3-0.
The right-hander, whose longest stint in the big league had been 5 1/3 innings, quickly allowed three straight hits in the seventh, including Josh Lowe’s RBI double, to end his night.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora went to normally reliable helper John Schreiber, who came in with a .60 ERA and had all 14 inherited runners stranded that season.
Schreiber (2-1) gave up Walls’ game-changing hit and Díaz’s go-ahead single. His ERA climbed to 1.16 after giving up two runs and three hits in an inning. It was only the second time in 32 appearances this season that he had conceded a deserved run.
Crawford eventually allowed three runs and six hits and six strikeouts.
Tommy Romero (1-0) earned his first major league win in a scoreless seventh place finish.
Jalen Beeks made his first save since Aug. 19, 2020 despite allowing Alex Verdugo’s RBI double with no outs. The left-hander beat pinch-hitter Bobby Dalec and coaxed a two-runner Jeter Downs grounder to finish it off.
Boston All-Star Rafael Devers opened the scoring with a solo homer in the fourth from Drew Rasmussen.
Xander Bogaerts had a two-out double, which JD Martinez, who had walked, brought in during a two-run fifth inning that gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. Jarren Duran had a leadoff single and scored earlier in Bogaerts’ at-bat on a wild field.
Rasmussen gave up three carries and four hits in six innings.
The four-game series at Tropicana Field attracted a total of 43,728 fans. In comparison, the average attendance during a three-game series between teams at Fenway Park July 4-6 averaged 33,774.
Red Sox: RHP Josh Winckowski has tested positive after allowing three runs over six innings in Wednesday night’s 4-1 loss to the Rays. Winckowski, who is vaccinated, was placed on COVID-19-related IL.
Rays: RHP Shane Baz (right elbow sprain) put on 15-day injured list. The Rays are the most players in the IL with Cincinnati at 17.
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