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The Tampa Bay Rays will settle for being the third best team to start the season at 13-0, as they lose to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3. After two nearly perfect starts, Drew Rasmussen was touched up for five runs on eight hits in five innings of work.

The Blue Jays scored two runs early, then four in the bottom of the fifth to pull away.  The Rays could only muster three runs on eight hits, as only Christian Bethancourt had two.

Seven Run 5th, Propel Rays to Tie Braves/Brewers Win Streak Record of 13-0 (Posted April 13, 2023)

They did it!! The Tampa Bay Rays have tied the 1982 Atlanta Braves and the 1987 Milwaukee Brewers with the longest winning undefeated streak to start the season, 13-0.

The Boston Red Sox scored a run in the top of the 1st and the Rays answered in the bottom to tie the game. After Boston took a 3-1 lead with one in the 4th and 5th, the Rays put up a seven-spot to blow open the game at 8-3 and never looked back.

Rays starter Jeffrey Springs left the game in the fourth with  left arm ulnar neuritis, after tossing three innings, allowing on hit on one earned run, no walks and five strikeouts.

As for the offense, the Rays dropped six hits, scoring seven runs led by Harold Ramirez‘s two doubles in the inning.

The Rays now travel to Toronto to face a tougher Blue Jays squad with the opportunity to make history as the only team to start the season at 14-0 in the MLB era.

And The Rays Win Again, Improve to 12-0 (Posted on April 13, 2023)

The Rays seem like they will never lose a game in 2023 as they beat the Boston Red Sox 9-7 on Wednesday to improve to 12-0.

The offense continues to roll, but the pitching staff was not as sharp as they allowed the Red Sox to get back in the game late as the Rays had to squeak out a victory.

The Rays scored three in the bottom of the 3rd inning on a Randy Arozarena 3-run shot over the right field fence. In the top of the 4th, the Red Sox scored one on a Justin Turner single scoring Alex Verdugo.

Tampa Bay answered right back with a sac fly off the bat of Yandy Diaz, and a two RBI double from Wander Franco to go up 6-1.

The Red Sox and Rays each scored two runs a piece in their half of the fifth inning to make the score 8-3 Rays. A run in the top of the sixth and three in the top of the seventh, pulled Boston within a run at 8-7, but the Rays added an insurance run in the bottom of the eight to give the bullpen some breathing room. Pete Fairbanks, who has yet to give up a run in four games, pitched around a leadoff single, to secure the save and 12th straight win and undefeated season so far for the Rays.

The Red Sox will try again in the rubber game on Thursday to stop the Rays from tying the 1982 Braves and 1987 Milwaukee Brewers for the best start of the regular season.

Another Game, Another Win As Rays Improve to 11-0 (Posted on April 11, 2023)

The wins just keep piling up as the Tampa Bay Rays down the Boston Red Sox 7-2, to improve to 11-0 so far in the young season.

Shane McClanahan took the start and was dominant again as he tossed five innings, allowing one run on two hits, with four walks and nine strikeouts.

As for the offense, Yander Diaz (3 for 3, HR), Brandon Lowe (2 for 4, HR), Isaac Paredes (2 for 4, HR), and Josh Lowe (2 for 4, HR) all led the way.

The Rays are just two games away from tying the best start to a season at 13-0, unless the Red Sox halt the streak.

Game 2 of the series on Wednesday at 6:40 PM ET at the Trop.

The Streak Continues As Rays Best Red Sox 1-0 (Posted on April 10, 2023)

When will this storybook start to the season end for the Tampa Bay Rays? Right now no one knows.

On Monday, the Boston Red Sox traveled to St. Petersburg to face off against the Rays and become that team to stop Tampa’s win streak, but this would not be the night.

Jalen Beeks took the mound for the Rays and gave them two shutout innings, allowing just one hit, no walks and struck out two. He gave way to Josh Fleming, who rebounded from an atrocious outing in his first game, to providing his team a lift with four shutout innings, a hit, no walks and five strikeouts. The bullpen continued the dominance on the mound for the Rays as Garrett Cleavinger, Colin Poche and Pete Fairbanks all combined for three shutout innings, with Poche getting the win and Fairbanks the save.

The Red Sox sent Nick Pivetta to the mound, and he matched zeros for the first two innings and beyond as he tossed five shutout innings, allowing three hits, two walks and struck out six. Josh Winckowski threw two perfect innings, lowering his ERA to 1.00, to keep Boston in the game, until the bottom of the eighth when just one run would be the difference.

Chris Martin entered in relief at the bottom of the eighth and quickly got Christian Arroyo to pop out to second on a 0-1 count.  Next batter Brandon Lowe battled through a 10-pitch at bat and to a full count and then launched a ball over the right center field fence to put the Rays up 1-0.

A 1-2-3 ninth and the historical start to the season continues. Rays improve to 10-0, as the Red Sox drop to 5-5.

On Tuesday, the Sox will try again to stop the streak as they send Garrett Whitlock to the mound to face off against Shane McClanahan (2-0).

 

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