By: Daniel Satter
Tonight, the Rays defeated the Red Sox 6-2 to improve their record to 74-78. It would be nice to finish the year at .500. This game was quiet through 6 hard pitched innings. Both pitchers were on point, but Drew Smyly was even better. Smyly went 6.1 innings and gave up zero runs, 5 hits, walked only 3 and struck out 7. Smyly improved his record to 4-2. In the top of the 7th was were the Rays broke up the 0-0 tie. Former Red Sox Daniel Nava broke the tie on a single to make it a 1-0 Rays lead. Next, in the 8th inning Logan Forsythe reached on a fielder’s choice that got Asdrubal Cabrera to the plate to make it a 2-0 lead. More runs were plated in the 8th inning all thanks to John Jaso. Jaso landed a double off of lefty Tommy Layne that extended the lead to 4-0. Next, the last two Rays runs came in the 9th inning off of the bats of Asdrubal Cabrera and Steven Souza Jr. Cabrera’s homer was his 100th career homer in a historic ballpark that he will always remember. Souza hit his 16th homer of the season with his blast. Souza’s night ended by going 4-for-5 at the plate. This was Souza’s first career 4 hit game in the pros. Now when Smyly left the game the bullpen looked good except Kirby Yates not holding the game as a shutout. So since Yates could not close the game the Rays had to use Boxberger for nothing. Boxberger earned his 37th save of the year and will look to get to 40 before the season ends.
Next, first pitch for Game 4 will kick off at 7:10 pm. The Rays will send Erasmo Ramirez (10-6, 3.70 ERA, 117 K’s) against the Red Sox and hope to take the series instead of tying the series. Ramirez in his last 2 starts has pitched really well. He will need to slow down Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 12 games after singling off of Kirby Yates in the bottom of the 9th.