Bobby Dalbec drove in five runs, the most in his career, Xander Bogaerts and Hunter Renfroe produced four each and the Boston Red Sox crushed the Tampa Bay Rays 20-8 on Wednesday night.
The Red Sox came within four games of the Rays, who lead the AL East, thanks to their meeting of more races since 2015.
Tampa Bay had won five games in a row and six in a row against Boston. The Rays hadn’t allowed 20 runs since 2007.
JD Martinez contributed four of the 19 hits, the most for Boston this season. The Red Sox started the first inning with three straight doubles, from Kiké Hernández, Renfroe and Bogaerts, and scored in spades – they had innings with 6, 5, 4, and 2 runs.
Nathan Eovaldi (10-7) pitched seven innings, allowing one run as he received Brandon Lowe’s 26th home run. He tied his season-high 10 strikeouts, allowing three hits and one walk.
For the Rays, the Dominicans Nelson Cruz 2-0, Wander Franco 3-1 with a run scored and an RBI, Francisco Mejía 4-0. Cuban Randy Arozarena 4-1.
For the Red Sox, Puerto Rican Hernández 5-3 with three runs scored. The Dominicans Franchy Cordero 1-0, Rafael Devers 3-1 with two runs scored and one RBI. The Panamanian Jonathan Araúz 2-0. Venezuelan Marwin González 5-2 with one run scored and two RBIs.