The Rays defeated the Red Sox 2-1 Wednesday night at the Trop. It was a tight game with some strong pitching from Jeremy Hellickson and Clay Buchholz. The Rays out-hit the streaking Red Sox 8 to 7. The Red Sox did not have a lot of solid hits, as they were mostly little dinkers that dropped for hits. 

The scoring started with, of all things, a balk in the 2nd inning. The balk, which was one of thee committed by Boston in this ballgame, gave the Rays an early 1-0 lead.

The Sox struck back in the top of the 4th with a little loop single by Daniel Nava, tying the game at one.

Luke Scott gave the Rays back their one-run lead with a sacrifice fly in the 6th inning. 

After six innings outstanding innings from Helly, the bullpen did a great job containing the Red Sox by going 3 innings and recording two hits and three strikeouts. Fernando Rodney recored the save to remain perfect (12/12).

The Rays are now 24-14, 14-3 at home. They snap red-hot Boston's five-game winning streak, and now lead them by 6.5 games in the division. The remain tied atop the division with Baltimore, who beat Kansas City in 15 innings last night. They gain ground on the Yankees, who lost 8-1 to Toronto, and now have a 3.5 game lead over them.

Notable stat lines:

  • Jeremy Hellickson (W, 4-0)  6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K
  • Clay Buchholz (L, 4-2)  5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K
  •  Matt Joyce. 1-3. R, BB
  • Luke Scott 1-2. RBI
  • Sean Rodriguez  2-4. 
  • click here for a full box score

News and notes:

  • Elliot Johnson’s bunt single in the 3rd increased his hitting streak to 8 games.
  • It appears Wade Davis will not take over the role as Niemann’s replacement; it will be either Alex Cobb or Chris Archer.
  •  The Rays swapped Triple-A outfielders, acquiring Rich Tompson from the Phillies in exchange for Kyle Hudson. Tompson is currently hitting .307 in the minors, and has already been added to the active 25-man roster. The move was likely made to add to the much needed depth with all the injuries right now.
  • Speaking of injured outfielders, Brandon Guyer was recently placed on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder strain.
  • Around the division: New York's bullpen gets even weaker, as new closer David Robertson was placed on the 15-day DL with an oblique strain.
  •  Will Rhymes got hit by a pitch in the 8th inning. He passed out and had to be carted off the field. He seems to be okay though; here's a video of him discussing the scary incident.
  •  The Rays wrap up this series with Boston Thursday night at 7 PM. The left-handed matchup will feature Matt Moore vs. Felix Doubront.