The Tampa Bay Rays (58-41) took care of business in Toronto this weekend by sweeping the Blue Jays. Tampa showed quality pitching and enough offense to squeak by. The Rays have one of the top three records in baseball right now and are on a 20-4 run winning the last seven series in a row and five games in a row. This team is really on a major roll up and down the lineup everybody is producing.
Tampa will head to Boston to play the Boston Red Sox for a crucial four-game series on Monday. This may be the biggest series of the year to this point in the season. The Rays really need to win this series so they can catch the Sox in the division as they are one and a half games back in the East. Tampa only faces the Red Sox three more times in September. Tampa Bay is the hottest team in baseball and fans expect this great play to continue in Boston. Tampa is averaging four runs a game on offense and only giving up two runs; so obviously these numbers give you a great chance to win.
On Friday, the Rays were down three runs early but battled back to get the win 8-5 against the Blue Jays. David Price looked good once again going into the seventh inning. It was a slugfest with eight home runs on the day. Tampa had homers by Wil Myers, Evan Longoria, Kelly Johnson and Ben Zobrist. Johnson’s homer tied the game in the sixth followed by Ryan Roberts getting a clutch single to take the lead in the 8th inning as this game went back and forth.
On Saturday, the Rays took a 4-0 lead and it was just enough to pull out the victory. Tampa had 12 hits but could not seem to bring the runners in. Peralta and Rodney both worked out of tough situations in the 8th and 9th innings. Peralta had bases loaded nobody out and did not allow a run by collecting two strikeouts and a pop up. Wil Myers had a couple RBIs on the day as Tampa won 4-3 in a very close game as Jeremy Hellickson got the win.
On Sunday, Chris Archer was on the mound and pitched well through seven innings. The Rays had back-to-back homers by Luke Scott and Kelly Johnson to take the lead 4-1 in the sixth. The Blue Jays rallied in the ninth inning though just like they did in the past game. Rodney was able to get out of trouble once again as this was too close for Rays fans to handle. Tampa finally won 4-3. Luke Scott extended his hitting streak to 13-games.
Tampa has not played well in Boston and the Rays will have Matt Moore, Roberto Hernandez, David Price and Jeremy Hellickson on the mound for this series. This could be the series we see what this team is made of. This could be a major turning point in the season and the Rays are ready for this moment with all the momentum headed to Boston.