The Tampa Bay Rays continued their hot streak, winning their seventh consecutive game on Wednesday night, defeating the Boston Red Sox 4-2.
Boston held a 1-0 advantage heading into the fifth inning. With one out, Carlos Pena homered to deep center, giving the Rays a 2-1 lead. Ben Francisco followed with a tape measure drive of his own, driving a solo home run off the AAA sign in left to add to the lead. The Red Sox cut the lead to one in the bottom of the sixth, but the Rays added an insurance run on Jose Lobaton‘s two out ground rule double.
Alex Cobb picked up the victory, allowing one run on three hits and three walks over five innings, striking out five. After Kyle Farnsworth was unable to retire either of the batters he faced, the bullpen combined to fire four scoreless innings, allowing only a single walk while striking out seven batters. Fernando Rodney allowed a walk while striking out two batters in the ninth, recording his 45th save of the year.
Jon Lester took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk over six innings of work, striking out five batters.