ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay's hot Rays continued to roll, using a five-run third inning to lead a 10-3 win over Boston at Tropicana Field.The Rays' sixth consecutive win moved them to a season-high seven games over .500 at 68-61 on the season. They own the longest active winning streak
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay's hot Rays continued to roll, using a five-run third inning to lead a 10-3 win over Boston at Tropicana Field.
The Rays' sixth consecutive win moved them to a season-high seven games over .500 at 68-61 on the season. They own the longest active winning streak in the Major Leagues.
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Normally, the pitching leads the way for the Rays. The bats took the spotlight Friday night, particularly during the two-out rally in the third.
The offense has "been fairly quiet, [but] not today and maybe not yesterday," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We had a stretch. … It's nice these last two days to get six runs and then 10 today."
Ji-Man Choi (aka Ji for Player's Weekend) singled off Hector Velazquez (Cabezon) to get the party started. Singles by Willy Adames (The Kid), Kevin Kiermaier (Outlaw), Carlos Gomez (El Final), Brandon Lowe and Michael Perez (Mykii) followed. Kiermaier, Gomez, and Lowe each drove home one, while Perez's knock scored two to cap the outburst.
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"That's how you win games," Gomez said. "After two outs, we just start hitting base hits. Get pitches and get on base. And everybody continues. Right now we're really hot, pitching and hitting. ... We have to continue and finish the season strong."
What the Rays did in the third extended their lead to 8-2, but it was not the team's biggest inning of the season. That occurred on July 31, when Tampa Bay scored seven in one frame against the Angels. However, their seven hits in the inning were their most in an inning since they got eight hits on May 14, 2017, at Boston.
Adames added a two-run homer in the fourth, giving the Rays' shortstop eight on the season and pushing the Rays' lead to 10-2. The 10 runs were the most the team has scored since that July 31 game vs. Anaheim.
Jalen Beeks (Beeker) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four in 5 1/3 innings of relief to claim his third win of the season. He also earned the distinction of becoming the third Rays rookie to defeat the Red Sox -- the organization that drafted him in 2014 and traded him to Tampa Bay in July -- twice in a season, joining Jeremy Hellickson ('11) and Tim Corcoran ('06).
The Red Sox "beat me up a little bit today," Beeks said. "Just happy to be a part of a win. Got out of some jams. It was a lot of fun facing them."
Perez recorded a career-high four RBIs, matching his total from his first 20 career games combined. His four RBIs equaled Wilson Ramos' on June 30 vs. Houston for most by a Rays catcher this season and matched the most by a Rays catcher over the last three seasons.
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With no outs in the sixth and a runner on first, Eduardo Nunez (Nunie) lined a ball that appeared headed to left field for a single. But Adames showed some ups, going high to backhand the ball, stealing a single away from Nunez.
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"Offense exploded today and it made it a lot easier on the pitchers." -- Beeks
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Tampa Bay challenged in the seventh when Kiermaier was called out at first when he grounded to shortstop. After a 1-minute, 18-second review, the call was confirmed.
Ryan Yarbrough (Yarbitron) will start Saturday night when the Rays host the Red Sox in a 6:10 p.m. ET contest at Tropicana Field. Yarbrough did not allow a run in 5 1/3 innings out of the bullpen against Kansas City on Monday night, retiring 12 of the final 13 batters he faced. Right-hander Rick Porcello will start for the Red Sox.
Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.