Beeks, Rays combine on 2-hitter, blank Red Sox 2-0

BOSTON (AP) Jalen Beeks made his major league debut at Fenway Park earlier this season, and it didn't go well. Neither did his next appearance on that mound.

Traded away by Boston last month, Beeks returned Sunday with the Tampa Bay Rays and fared a lot better.

Beeks pitched four strong innings and the Rays limited Boston to two hits, blanking the AL East leaders 2-0.

''I didn't pitch well here the first two times I pitched here, so it felt good here to get the team a win,'' Beeks said. ''It was satisfying.''

The 25-year-old lefty was tagged for five runs in the first inning by Detroit on June 7. More than a month later, he allowed three runs in just 2 1/3 innings against Texas, leaving him with a 12.79 ERA for Boston.

That was the end of his career with the Red Sox, who dealt Beeks before the trade deadline for pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.

Facing the team with the best record in the majors, Beeks (2-1) gave up one hit in relief, striking out three and walking two.

''He was throwing harder. I saw 94 (mph),'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''I didn't see that here. Besides that, same cutter, fastball, breaking ball. He did a good job.''

Joey Wendle and C.J. Cron homered as the Rays topped Boston for just the fifth time in 16 games this season. Six of those Tampa Bay losses have been by one run.

The Red Sox has lost only four of their last 21 games. They were shut out for the fifth time this season.

Sergio Romo worked the ninth for his 16th save and 100th of his career. Reliever Diego Castillo started for the Rays, getting five outs. It was the club's 34th time to have a reliever start, and was Castillo's first major league start.

''It's just a different philosophy,'' Boston's Mookie Betts said. ''We have to adjust. We just didn't swing it well. They pitched it well and we didn't swing it well.''

Hector Velazquez (7-1) gave up a run and three hits in four innings. He took Chris Sale's turn in the rotation a day after the ace lefty was put on the 10-day disabled list for the second time in nearly three weeks with mild shoulder inflammation.

Wendle hit his homer into Boston's bullpen in the second. Cron hit his 24th off a billboard above the Green Monster seats in the ninth.

Boston's best chance came with two on and no outs in the fourth, but MLB RBIs leader J.D. Martinez bounced into a double play.

STREAK HALTED

Martinez went 0 for 3, snapping his streak of reaching base successfully in home games at 51 straight, the third-longest string in club history. Ted Williams owns the record with 69 in 1941 and Joe Foy is next with 54 in 1966.

NICE PLAYS

RF Betts made a charging, diving catch of Cron's liner in the fourth and 3B Eduardo Nunez made a sliding stop to his left on Tommy Pham's grounder before throwing him out.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: C Jesus Sucre returned to the lineup after missing the previous four games with a sore right wrist. He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and bounced into a DP.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (10-day DL, sprained right ankle) is slated to have a rehab start for Double-A Portland on Monday. ... Knuckleballer Steven Wright (DL, left knee inflammation since late June) is expected to pitch a live batting practice this week.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Ryne Stanek (1-3, 2.74 ERA) is slated to start the opener of a four-game series Monday at home against Kansas City RHP Jorge Lopez (0-2, 4.44).

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (15-5, 4.04) is set to face Cleveland ace Corey Kluber (15-6, 2.68) when the AL Central leaders come to Fenway on Monday for the opener of a four-game series.

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  • W: J. Beeks (2-1)L: H. Velazquez (7-1)S: S. Romo (16)
  • HR: TB - C. Cron (24), J. Wendle (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Smith RF40000000.298.370.421.7910.0
M. Duffy 3B40100000.294.351.371.7211.0
J. Bauers LF20000211.214.331.424.7551.5
K. Kiermaier PR-CF00000000.179.246.295.5410.0
T. Pham CF-LF40000013.241.331.388.718-0.5
J. Wendle SS41111010.291.339.423.7625.5
C. Cron 1B41111000.250.317.480.7986.0
J. Choi DH20100200.243.313.456.7695.0
B. Lowe 2B20000121.103.235.138.3731.0
J. Sucre C40000025.206.247.235.482-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40000010.343.430.6521.082-0.5
    A. Benintendi LF40100000.299.379.498.8771.0
    S. Pearce 1B20000100.296.386.566.9521.0
    a- M. Moreland PH10000010.256.322.467.788-0.5
    J. Martinez DH30000012.331.402.6621.064-0.5
    X. Bogaerts SS20100100.279.357.518.8753.0
    E. Nunez 3B30000013.258.283.370.653-0.5
    B. Holt 2B20000011.263.343.365.707-0.5
    b- I. Kinsler PH-2B10000010.240.307.402.709-0.5
    B. Swihart C30000021.213.273.287.560-1.0
    J. Bradley CF30000020.218.303.384.687-1.0
    • a-struck out for Pearce in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Holt in the 8th
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Wendle (7), C. Cron (24)
    • RBI - J. Wendle (42), C. Cron (59)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 3 (3), J. Sucre 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - X. Bogaerts (36)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Nunez 2 (2), B. Holt
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Choi
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Wendle-Lowe-Cron; Wendle-Lowe-Cron)
    • E - J. Wendle (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Bogaerts-Holt-Pearce)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Castillo1.21000003.471.072.0
    J. Beeks (W, 2-1)4.01002306.911.4717.5
    C. Roe (H, 21)1.10000203.351.014.0
    J. Alvarado (H, 24)1.00000302.441.184.5
    S. Romo (S, 16)1.00000203.481.2011.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Castillo1.2
    J. Beeks (W, 2-1)4.0
    C. Roe (H, 21)1.1
    J. Alvarado (H, 24)1.0
    S. Romo (S, 16)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Velazquez (L, 7-1)4.03113212.741.391.0
    B. Workman2.00000102.391.066.5
    J. Kelly1.00000104.211.253.5
    H. Hembree1.00001003.751.352.0
    M. Barnes1.01111312.671.151.5
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Velazquez (L, 7-1)4.0
    B. Workman2.0
    J. Kelly1.0
    H. Hembree1.0
    M. Barnes1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Castillo 19-13, J. Beeks 67-42, C. Roe 22-13, J. Alvarado 16-10, S. Romo 14-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Castillo 3-2, J. Beeks 6-2, C. Roe 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Castillo 6, J. Beeks 14, C. Roe 4, J. Alvarado 3, S. Romo 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - H. Velazquez (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Velazquez 73-45, B. Workman 13-11, J. Kelly 11-7, H. Hembree 20-11, M. Barnes 22-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Velazquez 7-2, B. Workman 4-1
    • Batters Faced - H. Velazquez 18, B. Workman 6, J. Kelly 3, H. Hembree 4, M. Barnes 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Smith RF40000000.298.370.421.7910.0
    M. Duffy 3B40100000.294.351.371.7211.0
    J. Bauers LF20000211.214.331.424.7551.5
    K. Kiermaier PR-CF00000000.179.246.295.5410.0
    T. Pham CF-LF40000013.241.331.388.718-0.5
    J. Wendle SS41111010.291.339.423.7625.5
    C. Cron 1B41111000.250.317.480.7986.0
    J. Choi DH20100200.243.313.456.7695.0
    B. Lowe 2B20000121.103.235.138.3731.0
    J. Sucre C40000025.206.247.235.482-1.0
    Total3024225710-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Smith RF4
    M. Duffy 3B4
    J. Bauers LF2
    K. Kiermaier PR-CF0
    T. Pham CF-LF4
    J. Wendle SS4
    C. Cron 1B4
    J. Choi DH2
    B. Lowe 2B2
    J. Sucre C4
    Total30
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF40000010.343.430.6521.082-0.5
      A. Benintendi LF40100000.299.379.498.8771.0
      S. Pearce 1B20000100.296.386.566.9521.0
      a- M. Moreland PH10000010.256.322.467.788-0.5
      J. Martinez DH30000012.331.402.6621.064-0.5
      X. Bogaerts SS20100100.279.357.518.8753.0
      E. Nunez 3B30000013.258.283.370.653-0.5
      B. Holt 2B20000011.263.343.365.707-0.5
      b- I. Kinsler PH-2B10000010.240.307.402.709-0.5
      B. Swihart C30000021.213.273.287.560-1.0
      J. Bradley CF30000020.218.303.384.687-1.0
      Total2802002107-----
      • a-struck out for Pearce in the 9th
      • b-struck out for Holt in the 8th
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Wendle (7), C. Cron (24)
      • RBI - J. Wendle (42), C. Cron (59)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 3 (3), J. Sucre 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - X. Bogaerts (36)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Nunez 2 (2), B. Holt
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Choi
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Wendle-Lowe-Cron; Wendle-Lowe-Cron)
      • E - J. Wendle (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bogaerts-Holt-Pearce)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Castillo1.21000003.471.072.0
      J. Beeks (W, 2-1)4.01002306.911.4717.5
      C. Roe (H, 21)1.10000203.351.014.0
      J. Alvarado (H, 24)1.00000302.441.184.5
      S. Romo (S, 16)1.00000203.481.2011.0
      Total9.02002100---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Castillo1.2
      J. Beeks (W, 2-1)4.0
      C. Roe (H, 21)1.1
      J. Alvarado (H, 24)1.0
      S. Romo (S, 16)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Velazquez (L, 7-1)4.03113212.741.391.0
      B. Workman2.00000102.391.066.5
      J. Kelly1.00000104.211.253.5
      H. Hembree1.00001003.751.352.0
      M. Barnes1.01111312.671.151.5
      Total9.0422572---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Velazquez (L, 7-1)4.0
      B. Workman2.0
      J. Kelly1.0
      H. Hembree1.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Castillo 19-13, J. Beeks 67-42, C. Roe 22-13, J. Alvarado 16-10, S. Romo 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Castillo 3-2, J. Beeks 6-2, C. Roe 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Castillo 6, J. Beeks 14, C. Roe 4, J. Alvarado 3, S. Romo 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - H. Velazquez (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Velazquez 73-45, B. Workman 13-11, J. Kelly 11-7, H. Hembree 20-11, M. Barnes 22-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Velazquez 7-2, B. Workman 4-1
      • Batters Faced - H. Velazquez 18, B. Workman 6, J. Kelly 3, H. Hembree 4, M. Barnes 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Cron homered to left center20
      • 2ND INNING
        Wendle homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Matt Barnes relieved Heath Hembree
        • J. Wendle: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Cron homered to left center
        • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choi walked
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Sergio Romo relieved Jose Alvarado
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi lined out to shortstop
        • Mitch Moreland hit for Steve Pearce
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Heath Hembree relieved Joe Kelly
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith lined out to right
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Duffy lined out to center
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bauers walked
        • Kevin Kiermaier ran for Jake Bauers
        • T. Pham: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Pham lined out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jose Alvarado relieved Chaz Roe
        • Ian Kinsler hit for Brock Holt
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Joe Kelly relieved Brandon Workman
        • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Choi lined out to center
        • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Sucre flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Roe Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to first
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Workman Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Pham grounded out to third
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wendle grounded out to second
        • C. Cron: Cron grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Beeks Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Betts grounded out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • Chaz Roe relieved Jalen Beeks
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pearce popped out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Brandon Workman relieved Hector Velazquez
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Smith grounded out to second
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Duffy lined out to right
        • J. Bauers: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Beeks Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Holt safe at first on shortstop Wendle fielding error
        • B. Swihart: Swihart grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Holt out at second
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Wendle grounded out to second
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cron lined out to right
        • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Choi walked
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowe walked, Choi to second
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Sucre struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Beeks Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi singled to right
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pearce walked, Benintendi to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Benintendi to third, Pearce out at second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • E. Nunez: Nunez lined out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Smith grounded out to first
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Duffy singled to left
        • J. Bauers: Bauers flied out to deep left
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pham grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Beeks Pitching:
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bradley grounded out to second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts popped out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wendle homered to right center
        • C. Cron: Cron grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Choi singled to center
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowe hit by pitch, Choi to second
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sucre grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Lowe out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Castillo Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez popped out to first
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts doubled to deep left
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Nunez grounded out to second, Bogaerts to third
        • Jalen Beeks relieved Diego Castillo
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Smith grounded out to second
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Duffy grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bauers walked
        • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Castillo Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to first
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pearce lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)