BOSTON – (Staff Report) – Tampa Bay Rays starter Blake Snell flirted with a no-hitter through the first 4.5 innings and then held the Boston Red Sox to only two runs over his 7.1 inning outing as the Rays continued their winning ways, taking their seventh consecutive game, 4-3.
Snell was credited with the win and is now 4-1 on the year while Boston starter Drew Pomeranz took the loss, his first decision of the young season. Snell gave way to reliever Chas Roe in the 8th inning and closer Alex Colome took over in the 9th to gain credit for his 5th save in seven opportunities on the year.
Colome, who has 89 saves in his career and is second in Tampa Bay franchise history, allowed an infield hit to Zander Bogaerts in the final inning but sent down Eduardo Nunez and Jackie Bradley Jr. before getting pinch hitter Andrew Benintendi to strike out looking to end the game.
The Rays punished Pomeranz early and often, starting with a two-run HR into the Green Monster seats by catcher Wilson Ramos in the top of the 1st inning. That was followed by solo home runs by left-fielder Rob Refsnyder in the 3rd, his first of the season, and another Monster seat blast from the bat of Tampa Bay’s second baseman Daniel Robertson in the 4th.
Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays
Tonight was Pomeranz’s second outing of the season and the Red Sox starter, went five innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits with two base-on-balls and four strike-outs. He threw 81 pitches with 49 strikes along with the three homers allowed. In his season debut against the Oakland A’s on April 20th, Pomeranz allowed three runs over 3.2 innings.
Boston cut the lead in half in the bottom of the 6th inning after catcher Christian Velazquez, right fielder Mookie Betts and left fielder J.D. Martinez each doubled off Snell. Betts and Martinez collected RBIs but Snell struck-out Sox DH Hanley Ramirez and first baseman Mitch Moreland to escape more damage.
Betts scored twice and went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and stolen base.
GAME NOTES: The Rays and Red Sox will play at 4:05pm on Saturday when Rays RHP Yonny Chrinos (0-1, 2.92 ERA) faces Boston’s LHP David Price (2-2, 2.93 ERA). … Boston’s shortstop Xander Bogaerts was reactivated from the DL prior to the game. He had been DL’d since April 9th when he injured his left ankle sliding for a ball near the listing dugout at Fenway. Bogaerts missed 15 games. … Sox utility man Brock Holt was placed on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain. … On the Tampa side, the Rays reinstated INF Matt Duffy from the 10-day DL after a right hamstring injury. To make room, the club optioned RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple AA Durham. … Boston’s overall start through the first 24 games of the season was their second-best franchise start, dating back to 1946 when they went 21-3. … Prior to tonight, the Rays had scored at least eight runs in their five prior starts, a first for the franchise and the only team in MLB to do so this season.