10/04 20:58 CDT Bogaerts hits slam, Eovaldi strong as Red Sox beat Rays 6-0
Bogaerts hits slam, Eovaldi strong as Red Sox beat Rays 6-0
By KYLE HIGHTOWER
AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) --- Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam and Nathan Eovaldi pitched
five scoreless innings in what could be his final appearance in a Red Sox
uniform to help Boston beat the playoff-bound Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 in a
rain-shortened game on Tuesday night.
Christian Arroyo added an RBI single for Boston (77-84), which won its fifth
straight home game.
It was 55 degrees and misty at the start, and rainy conditions lingered
throughout. Boston had just taken a 6-0 lead with two outs in the fifth inning
when rain started to fall heavily, prompting a delay. The game was called 52
The Rays (86-75) lost their fourth straight game since clinching a playoff
berth. They will be the AL's No. 6 seed and get a wild-card matchup with AL
Central champion Cleveland. The Seattle Mariners get the No. 5 seed and match
up with Toronto following its a walk-off win over Detroit on Tuesday in the
first game of their doubleheader.
Rays left-hander Jeffrey Springs (9-5) allowed one run off two hits and struck
out three over three innings. Manager Kevin Cash kept his outing short so that
he'll be rested if needed to pitch a possible Game 3 in the wild-card round.
Shane McClanahan and Tyler Glasnow are expected to start the first two games of
Eovaldi (6-3) allowed just two hits and struck out four in his second start
since returning from the injured list due to right shoulder inflammation. The
right-hander's future in Boston beyond this season is up in the air as he
prepares to enter free agency.
He's been with Boston since being traded from Tampa Bay late in 2018. He earned
a place in Red Sox postseason lore during their championship run that fall with
his marathon relief performance in Game 3 of the World Series against the
Now, the 32-year-old will wait to see if he stays put or possibly look to join
the sixth team of his 11-year career.
Rays: Reliever Colin Poche left the game with trainers after giving up
Bogaerts' slam. ... INF Yandy Daz (left shoulder strain) was out of the lineup
for a third straight day. ... OF David Peralta sat for the second straight game
after leaving Sunday's game at Houston with right hip tightness. ... Placed C
Francisco Meja on the paternity list and recalled C Ren Pinto from the taxi
Red Sox: Bogaerts returned to the lineup after sitting out the series opener
with tightness in his back.
It was seventh grand slam of Bogaerts' career and his second this season. He
also hit one Aug. 31 at Minnesota. He is the 12th player to hit as many as
seven grand slams for the Red Sox. The only players ahead of him on the list
are Ted Williams (17), David Ortiz (10), Rico Petrocelli (9), Bobby Doerr (8),
Trot Nixon (8), and Jim Rice (8).
Boston wraps up its season by sending out RHP Nick Pivetta (!0-12), It is his
33rd start, marking the third time he's made 30-plus starts in a season. Tampa
Bay's starter is to be determined. RHP Drew Rasmussen was pulled from his
scheduled start to save his arm for the postseason.
More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports