Surging Rays bash Red Sox one more time

by Gary Shelton on August 14, 2020

in general

Glasnow threw better as he went along./JEFFREY S. KING

Friday, 3 am.

Paul Revere, it is said, was a huge fan of the Tampa Bay Rays.

John Adams is under the opinion that Charlie Morton should have gotten more Cy Young Award votes last season.

And Ben Franklin, although he lost the team mascot's role to Raymond, has always been a big Kevin Cash guy.

Yeah, these days, the Rays own Boston, from Faneuil Hall to FenRay Park. They have won 13 of their last 14 games there, including seven straight. The latest run continued Thursday when the Rays scored a season high 17 runs in a 17-8 victory.

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In the four-game sweep, the Rays collected 59 hits, nine home runs and scored 42 runs. Normally a light-hitting bunch, the Rays turned the week into a slo-pitch softball tournament, hitting .364.

"We know this is a tough place to play at times," said Rays' manager Kevin Cash.  "We were fortunate to come and put together a couple of good days offensively. The guys did a good job of putting together at bats. We needed as many runs as we could get."

Eight of the Ray' home runs came in the last two days, including Hunter Renfroe's two on Thursday. Brandon Lowe and Mike Zunino also homered.

Tyler Glasnow scuffled through an inning and gave up three runs, but Cash saw things he liked.

"Personally, I was pretty encouraged with Tyler, especially the last two innings of work," Cash said. "It looked like he was getting behind the fastball. The (velocity) was where it should be. He started commanding the curveball. I know the first inning didn’t go the way he wanted, but the strike-throwing was better. He looked closer to himself."

For the Rays, Manuel Margot had four hits. Yandy Diaz and Willy Adames each had three.

The Rays now travel to Buffalo to play a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, beginning at 6:37 tonight. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher.

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