It was a pitchers duel Wednesday night, in Boston, before Hunter Renfroe stole the show in the final two innings.
Nathan Eovaldi, the Red Sox’s dark horse Cy Young candidate, hurled seven three-hit innings. The Rays’ starter, Shane McClanaghan went five three-hit innings while their bullpen got them through the next two innings scoreless.
Neither team scored until the eighth inning. Josh Taylor was summoned from the bullpen, but he let up a two-out single before being relieved by Garrett Richards. Richards walked the first batter he faced and then served up an RBI single to Nelson Cruz as the Rays took the lead in the eighth.
Alex Verdugo would lead off the bottom of the eighth with a single. With two outs, and Boston down to their final four outs with little to none life, and he crushed a two-run jack over the right field wall to give the Red Sox the 2-1 lead.
Hansel Robles surprisingly came on for the save, but he fanned the first two batters he faced. Joey Wendle then striked a two-out liner into center that center fielder Danny Santana dove for, and missed. But backing him up was Renfroe, and with Wendle rounding third, the right fielder made a throw on the money to give Bobby Dalbec an easy task, as he tagged Wendle out to end the ballgame.
The Sox avoid the sweep, and move to 80-62 on the season — they’ll travel to Chicago for a four-game series versus the central-leading White Sox.
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