Rays win again behind four home runs

by Gary Shelton on April 29, 2018 · 0 comments

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Gomez hit his fourth home run for Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Gomez hit his fourth home run for Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Sunday, 2 p.m.

With every game, their streak becomes more and more unlikely. With every day, the Tampa Bay Rays become more and more formidable. With every big hit, with every star on the mound, the Rays look more and more like a team that matters.

Whee.

The streak has reached eight games in a row.

Once again, the Rays have won and, once again, it was over a pretty good opponent. Tampa Bay mashed the AL East-leading Red Sox, 12-6, to bring their season record to 12-13 on the season. Not bad for a team that started off 1-8.

The Rays had 18 hits and 12 runs in beating the Red Sox, including home

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Ramos hit a homer for the Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

Ramos hit a homer for the Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

runs by Denard Span (and inside the park shot), Wilson Ramos, Carlos Gomez and Johnny Field. Matt Duffy had four hits and Ramos three. Carlos Gomez, Span, Adeiny Hechavarria and Field all had two hits.

Field's home rim. a three-run shot, was his first in the majors.

"It felt awesome," Field said. "It felt like I was kind of gliding across the bases when I was running around them," said Field. "I just had a feeling he'd groove a heater right there, and that's what happened."

The offense has triggered the Rays turnaround.

"That was a pretty odd game, lot of stuff going on, lot of matchups, lot of odd  plays, a lot of pitching," said Rays manager Kevin Cash. "It was a very unusual game the way it played out. Thrilled we got the win, though.

"(Chirinos) didn't have much, for whatever reason," Cash said. "He was off and could never regain that command.""

The Rays survived a shaky start by Yonny Chirinos, who loaded the bases in the first (one run) and third before leaving after getting only six outs. Ryan Yarborough came in and threw four strong innings to get the win, his first.

"There were a lot of big hits, a lot of contributions." said Cash. "We looked sloppy early on. But, when you are on a roll like this, sometimes things go in your favor, and that's what took place tonight."

The teams play again today at 1:05 p.m. Matt Andriese of the Rays faces Rick Porcello (4-0, 1.92 ERA).

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