Bullpen, offense lead Rays over Red Sox

by Gary Shelton on August 12, 2020

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Brosseau got the Rays off to a good start./TIM WIRT

Wednesday, 3 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Rays are starting to get the hang of this playing-on-the-road thing.

After losing their first five games as a visitor this season, the Rays won their second straight away from Tropicana Field Wednesday night, beating the Boston Red Sox, 8-2.

The Rays led only 2-1 going into the sixth inning, but scored six times to blow open the game.

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One of the disappointments for Tampa Bay was when starting pitcher Andrew Kittredge, who had saved the previous night's game, had to leave with elbow soreness after 1/3 of an inning.

“I feel good right now, honestly," Kittredge said after the game. "It was just that one pitch, the last pitch I threw. It was something I've never felt before. It's tough to say (how bad it is). I’ve been fortunate enough that I’ve never dealt with any arm injuries."

It was another good night for the bullpen, which used six relievers and gave up only two earned runs. Relievers John Curtiss (2 2/3 innings) and Jose Alvarado (two innings) were strong.

Mike Brousseau opened the game with a home run and later added ad double.

"He was huge," Rays' manager Kevin Cash said. "Bross brings so many intangible things. He ’s a really good player and he can help us win,”

In their big seventh inning, the Rays had five hits, including doubles by Manuel Margot and Brandon Lowe.

The teams play again tonight at Fenway Park at 7:30 p.m. The Rays will start Blake Snell against Zack Godley.

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