After seeing the Blue Jays come within a half game of them in the standings on Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays ensured they gave Toronto no wiggle room with an 8-4 win over the Toronto Red Sox. Boston. The Rays are also within 4.5 games of the Yankees and the top of the American East.
Tampa Bay took advantage of the offensive excellence of Randy Arozarena to sign a seventh victory in its last eight games. The Rays have the All-American’s best record since Aug. 4 with 22 wins and 10 losses.
Arozarena on camera for three points
Arozarena started the game with panache. In the first inning, he hit his 19th home run of the season, good for three runs, to open the scoring. Arozarena is a long ball away from matching his highest single-season high. He had hit 20 home runs in 2021. He finished the game with three runs scored, three hits and three RBIs.
Then in the next inning, the young Triston Casas, who was only playing his third game in the Majors after being called up by the Sox on Sunday, hit the first homer of his season. He reduced the lead to 3-2.
Leading 5-2 in the 6th inning, after adding two runs on a Harold Ramirez single, the Rays came back to increase their lead. Christian Bethancourt and Yu Chang each hit a solo homer to make it 7-2. Francisco Mejia drove in one more run in the 7th inning with a double.
In the 8th inning, Tommy Pham hit the 16th homer of his season in the losing cause.
After striking their starting pitcher Drew Rasmussen from the roster to place him on paternity protocol, Tampa relied on six gunners to defeat Boston. They allowed six hits and four runs. Garrett Cleavinger took the opportunity to register his first victory of the season.
In the Sox camp, Rich Hill gave up nine hits and five runs in four innings of work and suffered the loss.
With their 4-3 win over Boston on Monday and their other win on Tuesday, the Rays will have the opportunity to sweep their streak against the Red Sox.
Elsewhere in Major League Baseball:
Guardians 4 – Royals 1
KEY : Shane Bieber (9-8) gave up a run on four hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts.
K.C. : Salvador Perez hit his 20th homer of the season.
Rangers 4 – Astros 3
TEX : Rangers scored the winning run on a walk awarded to Mark Mathias in the 7th inning
HOO : Kyle Tucker finishes the game with two hits and two runs scored
Tigers 4 – Angels 5 (10 rounds)
TED : Javier Baez finished the game with two hits and three RBIs
LAA : Magneuris Sierra hit a one-run single in the 10th inning to give LA the win
Braves 10 – Athletics 9
ATL : Matt Olson hit a three-run homer in the 3rd inning
OAK : Sean Murphy drove in three runs and hit the 18th homer of his season
White Sox 0 – Mariners 3
CWS : In the loss, Johnny Cueto allowed five hits and one run
SEA : Cal Raleigh hit a two-run homer in the 8th inning. Abraham Toro did not participate in the meeting.
Mets 2 – Pirates 8
NYM : Brandon Nimmo drove in both two runs for his club with his 13th home run.
PIT : Mitch Keller (5-10) hasn’t given up a run in six innings. Rodolfo Castro and Oneil Cruz homered.
Marlins 2 – Phillies 3
MIA : Charles Leblanc scored one of two points for his club.
PHI : Edmundo Sosa hit his first homer of the season.
Reds 3 – Cubs 9
NIC : Kyle Farmer drove in all three runs with his ninth homer.
HCC : Seiya Suzuki hit his 11th homer and drove in three runs. Ian Happ hit his 16th home run of the season.
Nationals 1 – Cardinals 4
WAS : Paolo Espino takes a 7th loss after giving up seven hits and three runs in five innings of work
STL : Game of two hits and two RBIs for Nolan Gorman, who also hit his 14th homer of the season
Brewers 7 – Rockies 10
MIL : Christian Yelich homered 499 feet
COLLAR : Willy Adames put three balls in a safe place and he drove in two runs
Diamondbacks 5 – Padres 6
ARI : Starter Merrill Kelly gave up three hits and four runs in seven innings of work
SD : Joe Musgrove had a tough outing allowing nine hits and five runs in four and a third innings
Giants 3 – Dodgers 6
SF : Lewis Brinson and Brandon Crawford homered in the loss
THE D : Max Muncy hit two home runs and finished the game with three runs scored, three hits and three RBIs