It looked as though the Red Sox’s seven-game winning streak was going to come to an end as the Rays took control for much of Sunday’s game, but a strong two-out rally in the 8th gave Boston its eighth straight victory and fifth come-from-behind win on the young season.
The Sox got off to a rough start as Eduardo Rodriguez struggled in his 2018 debut. He was lifted with two outs in the third inning after allowing three runs, five hits and two walks in 92 pitches.
The Rays took the lead in the third inning and carried the momentum through the seventh. The Red Sox trailed 7-2 entering the 8th.
The six-run rally started as Mitch Moreland and Rafael Devers each connected on RBI doubles to cut the lead to 7-5. Christian Vazquez continued the rally with an RBI single and Betts drove him home with an RBI double to tie the game.
Boston didn’t stop there, though, as Andrew Benintendi gave Boston the lead with a fly ball to left field, which allowed Mookie Betts to score, making the score 8-7.
And that’s how you complete the sweep!! 👏 pic.twitter.com/78wltw6qTi
— Red Sox (@RedSox) April 8, 2018
The Rays are now 1-8, but the Red Sox are 8-1, marking the best start in the franchise’s 118-year history. Five of Boston’s wins this season have been in come-from-behind fashion.
Stud of the Night
Making his second start of the season, Angels’ Shohei Ohtani was perfect into the 7th before giving up his first hit helping Los Angeles win 6-1 over the Athletics.
Shohei Ohtani took a perfect game into the 7th before giving up his first hit! pic.twitter.com/0wYc9FIdDi
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) April 8, 2018
Dud of the Night
Giancarlo Stanton started his era in New York with a pair of homers on opening day against the Blue Jays, but he’s struggled since. Against the Orioles on Sunday, Stanton finished 0-for-7 with five strikeouts and his batting average dropped to .167 on the season.
He also struck out five times in the Yankees’ 11-4 win over the Rays last Tuesday. To put that in perspective, according to ESPN Stats & Info, Stanton is the first Yankees player in the live ball era to have two games with no hits and five strikeouts in the same season. To make matters worse, he’s only played in 10 games.
The Indians defeated the Royals 3-1, and this walk-off homer from Yan Gomes helped seal the deal. It was his second walk-off home run this season and the third of his career.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) April 8, 2018
Pirates (7-2) at Cubs (5-4) 2:20 p.m. ET — Both teams are coming off shutout wins. The Pirates will give the ball to RHP Ivan Nova, who owns a 6.10 ERA in his two starts this season. Righty Tyler Chatwood will start for the Cubs.