Rays try to break out offense against Red Sox

THE Tampa Bay Rays 19 of their last 28 games have been decided by two runs or less

The trend followed the Rays to Boston, where American League leader Tampa Bay is looking for its second straight victory against its division rival Red Sox continues as a four-game series on Sunday afternoon

Harold Ramirez’s two-run double in the top of the ninth inning helped the Rays shared Saturday’s double in a 4-2 win Red Sox He opened the doubleheader with an 8-5 win, leading off Justin Turner’s three-run double in the sixth.

“It’s part of the game,” Ramirez said Rays grinding out the late insult. “Sometimes we can hit, sometimes we can’t. We had a good day today, so let’s take them (Sunday).

Ramirez has 12 RBIs over his past 16 games, including his 11th career hit in the ninth inning or later.

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THE Rays just 2-3 in their last five games, allowing five or fewer runs in each

After setting their pitching plans for both games on Saturday, both teams will turn to their regular starters.

Rays Right-hander Taj Bradley (3-2, 3.60 ERA) will start against the team on April 12 in his MLB debut. He struck out eight of the three runs in five innings, helping the Rays in their four-game streak

Bradley lost his last start on Memorial Day despite allowing an earned run over 5 2/3 innings in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

“We’ve seen it a handful of times.” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “(Monday) might have been the best I’ve seen in person. He pitched a big ball game.

Bradley, 22, has 42 strikeouts over his first six starts Rays

The teams used a combined 10 pitchers in Saturday’s night cap, and it ended with bad injury news for Boston, as Joely Rodriguez was unable to pitch due to a bicep injury suffered in warmups.

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On the offensive side, Boston was held to two runs on five hits. Triston Casas had a double and a triple.

Turner, 38, was the hero in the earlier game, his second straight multi-hit effort.

“He’s a good player. He’s a good influence on the kids.” Red Sox said manager Alex Cora

Tanner Houck (3-4, 5.30) takes the ball Red Sox. The right-hander was scheduled to start Saturday before Friday’s original series opener was postponed due to weather

Houck allowed four runs in four innings last Sunday in a loss to Arizona, marking only the second time in 10 starts this season that he has gone five frames.

“I see it as an opportunity to keep working,” Houck said of remaining in Boston’s starting rotation. “I always want to be the best version of myself, but knowing that you have confidence and support makes me even more motivated.”

Houck has a 3.52 ERA in three games (one start) against Tampa Bay.

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— Field Level Media

Source: https://deadspin.com/rays-look-to-break-out-the-offense-against-red-sox-1850504262