The Red Sox would have been just fine if they could have gotten across even a single run on Tuesday night, as their pitchers shut out the Tampa Bay Rays through the game’s first nine innings.
Instead, they mustered just a single hit on the night before the Rays put up an insurmountable 3-spot in the top of the 10th to put the Red Sox to bed and take the series-opener 3-0.
Boston starter Joe Kelly faced just four batters on the evening, walking two, before departing with an injury. After the game, Kelly was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.
A Jackie Bradley, Jr. single in the bottom of the third inning was the only offense the Red Sox got on the evening. Preceded by a pair of walks, the Red Sox had the bases loaded with nobody out and the top of the order coming to the plate, but Mookie Betts grounded into a fielder’s choice in which Tampa got the force out at the plate before Dustin Pedroia grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to kill what would be the Red Sox only scoring opportunity. It was the last time the Red Sox had baserunners the rest of the night.
The BoSox return to the field tonight for the second game of a 3-game set against the Rays with Rick Porcello slated to take the mound against Tampa’s struggling ace Chris Archer. First pitch from Fenway Park is scheduled for 7:10 and tickets are available HERE.