Rays take aim at another sweep in finale against Red Sox


The Rays hit 10 home runs in their first 19 games of the season, but now have hit 12 in their past five games, including four by C.J. Cron and two apiece by Ramos and Robertson.Video: TB@BOS: Robertson rips a solo homer to left fieldMOMENTS THAT MATTEREDRamos cleans up: Ramos hasn't hit cleanup often in his career.

Denard Span hit a two-run homer and made a leaping catch in front of the Green Monster for the Rays, who had their third-longest winning streak in team history halted. Rick Porcello (4-0, 1.93 ERA) takes on an as-yet unannounced starter for Tampa Bay.

With the victory the Rays improve to 12-13 on the season.

The Boston Red Sox fast start out of the gates has cooled the past few days after the team was blasted by Tampa Bay Saturday.

Rafael Devers homered for Boston, and David Price (2-3) was charged with six runs, five earned, and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings against his first major league team.

As it has been during this win streak, it was the Rays offense that continued their assault on opposing pitchers. Betts is hitting.344/.439/.733 with eight home runs, 18 RBIs and 29 runs scored, and Martinez's line is.301/.350/.548 with five homers, 20 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

Over is 9-3 in Tampa Bay last 12 road games and over is 9-3 in Tampa Bay last 12 on grass. Mookie Betts doubled to start the fourth, then scored two plays later when Hanley Ramirez singled him home and tie the game, but he tweaked his right hamstring and never returned to play defense. He hasn't allowed a homer after allowing the most in the majors past year (38). Matt Joyce accomplished the feat from from August 16 through 28, 2013 and Evan Longoria from September 2 through 8, 2009.

Johnny Field came to the plate with two-on and nobody out in the eighth inning.

On Saturday, Wilson Ramos became the first Rays catcher to homer in three straight games. "It was kind of weird the way it worked out, ' he said".

Padres 12, Mets 2: Franchy Cordero hit a three-run homer estimated at 453 feet, Christian Villanueva had a two-run shot and Austin Hedges drove in a career-high five runs as host San Diego roughed up Jason Vargas and NY. "Obviously I was in bunt mode the first two pitches, then I saw them take the sign off".

The Tampa Bay Rays put themselves in a hole with a tough start to the season. "I just had a feeling that he was going to groove a heater right there and that's what happened". I've been understanding on how to handle it."Added Rays manager Kevin Cash: "Does Blake Snell get through that a year ago?" The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.72, along with a WHIP of 1.33. The over's hit in 11 of those games, compared to four that've hit the under against righties.

Meanwhile, the Rays removed Ramos after a long single in the top of the seventh with bilateral leg tightness.



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