Kiermaier, Pham help Rays beat Red Sox 5-1 for 7th straight

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays are on quite a run.

Kevin Kiermaier tripled to key a two-run sixth inning, Tommy Pham homered and the Rays won their seventh straight game by beating the major league-leading Boston Red Sox 5-1 on Saturday night.

''We've gotten some confidence, and I think we've found our identity,'' Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said.

The surprising Rays will try to become the first team this season to sweep Boston in a series Sunday when the teams complete a three-game set.

''We've been good on getaway days and day games,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ''It would be a good day to put everything together, finish strong and turn the page in this stadium.''

Tampa Bay is a season-high eight games over .500 (69-61). The Rays have allowed three or fewer runs in seven consecutive games.

J.D. Martinez had two doubles in four at-bats for the Red Sox, who have lost five of seven. Boston (90-41) had its AL East lead sliced to seven games over the New York Yankees, who swept a doubleheader at Baltimore.

''At the end of the day I felt like we lost this game because we didn't take it to them and they took it to us,'' Red Sox starter Rick Porcello said. ''That's not usually the case for our ballclub.''

Martinez (.337) jumped ahead of teammate Mookie Betts (.335) for the best batting average in the majors. Martinez also leads in RBIs (110) and is second in the AL in homers (38).

Betts was hitless in four at-bats and is 6 for 38 (.158) over his last nine games.

Tampa Bay chased Porcello (15-7) in the sixth after Kiermaier tripled and Willy Adames was hit by a pitch. Kiermaier scored on a wild pitch by Ryan Brasier before Joey Wendle made it 3-1 later in the inning on a sacrifice fly.

''That was a huge hit, maybe the biggest one of the night,'' Cash said about Kiermaier's triple.

Pham hit a solo shot off Brandon Workman in the seventh, and Ji-Man Choi's RBI triple put Tampa Bay up 5-1 in the eighth.

Pham returned after missing three games with a dislocated right ring finger.

''I didn't think I had enough power to hit a home run,'' Pham said. ''My grip strength isn't quite there, but I had enough.''

Porcello gave up three runs and six hits over five-plus innings.

Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough allowed one run and five hits in five-plus innings. Ryne Stanek (2-3) replaced Yarbrough and worked a scoreless inning for the win.

Tampa Bay threatened in four of the first five innings but went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring positions during that stretch. Brandon Lowe had an RBI single in the fourth that tied it 1-all.

Boston scored in the second on Mitch Moreland's double-play grounder.

MALLEX MENDING

Cash visited OF Mallex Smith, who was hospitalized Friday with a viral infection and should be discharged in the next couple of days. ''I think he's going to have a lengthy process, probably, of getting back,'' Cash said. ''He's in good spirits. He seemed night and day different from where he was (Friday).''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Cora hasn't completely ruled out 2B Dustin Pedroia, limited to three games in May following left knee surgery, from playing again this season. ''We don't have anything set as far as timetables, but we're feeling good with the progress,'' Cora said. ... LHP Chris Sale (left shoulder inflammation) could resume throwing soon after the team returns home Monday. ... LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (sprained right ankle) will make a rehab start Monday with Double-A Portland.

UP NEXT

Rays All-Star LHP Blake Snell (15-5) will face Boston RHP and former teammate Nathan Eovaldi (5-5) on Sunday. ''He really helped me with my work ethic and led by example,'' said Snell, who is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts against Boston this season. ''That's just him as a player and a person. He's very special.'' Eovaldi is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in five starts with Boston since being acquired from the Rays on July 25.

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BOS90-41
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TB69-61
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  • W: R. Stanek (2-3)L: R. Porcello (15-7)
  • HR: TB - T. Pham (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts CF40000002.335.422.6281.0512.0
A. Benintendi LF30000131.294.376.487.863-0.5
S. Pearce DH40000001.296.385.556.9410.0
J. Martinez RF41200020.337.407.6571.0644.0
X. Bogaerts SS30100001.285.357.528.8851.0
M. Moreland 1B30000002.257.325.468.7930.0
I. Kinsler 2B30000000.241.305.395.7000.0
E. Nunez 3B30200010.260.285.373.6581.5
S. Leon C30000002.202.254.318.5730.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Wendle 2B30210100.291.341.421.7636.0
    M. Duffy 3B41200112.296.354.369.7233.5
    J. Choi DH50110016.261.336.479.8153.5
    T. Pham LF51111027.243.332.395.7275.0
    C. Cron 1B21000112.251.320.475.7952.5
    K. Kiermaier CF31200010.198.261.319.5806.5
    W. Adames SS31000033.257.322.412.7340.5
    B. Lowe RF20110202.195.340.220.5604.0
    M. Perez C30000012.284.310.388.698-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Martinez 2 (36)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, A. Benintendi, M. Moreland
      BATTING
      • 3B - J. Choi, K. Kiermaier (5)
      • HR - T. Pham (15)
      • SF - J. Wendle (8)
      • SH - K. Kiermaier, M. Perez
      • RBI - J. Wendle (46), J. Choi (16), T. Pham (44), B. Lowe (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Choi (7), B. Lowe (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Duffy, T. Pham 5 (5), C. Cron 2 (2), B. Lowe 2 (2), M. Perez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (25)
      • Picked Off - A. Benintendi (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Wendle (9), K. Kiermaier (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Wendle-Adames-Cron)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (L, 15-7)5.06332804.181.153.0
      R. Brasier1.00001000.900.752.0
      B. Workman1.02111112.761.13-0.5
      T. Thornburg1.01111104.421.360.5
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (L, 15-7)5.0
      R. Brasier1.0
      B. Workman1.0
      T. Thornburg1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Yarbrough5.05111203.751.269.0
      R. Stanek (W, 2-3)1.00000102.531.0310.5
      C. Roe (H, 24)1.00000003.151.003.0
      J. Alvarado (H, 26)1.00000102.291.133.5
      S. Romo1.00000203.241.184.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Yarbrough5.0
      R. Stanek (W, 2-3)1.0
      C. Roe (H, 24)1.0
      J. Alvarado (H, 26)1.0
      S. Romo1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Brasier
      • HBP - R. Porcello 2 (13)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 89-58, R. Brasier 16-9, B. Workman 22-14, T. Thornburg 26-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 4-3, R. Brasier 1-2, B. Workman 1-1, T. Thornburg 1-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 25, R. Brasier 4, B. Workman 6, T. Thornburg 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Yarbrough 75-48, R. Stanek 11-5, C. Roe 8-6, J. Alvarado 12-6, S. Romo 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Yarbrough 4-8, C. Roe 1-2, J. Alvarado 1-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Yarbrough 20, R. Stanek 2, C. Roe 3, J. Alvarado 3, S. Romo 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts CF40000002.335.422.6281.0512.0
      A. Benintendi LF30000131.294.376.487.863-0.5
      S. Pearce DH40000001.296.385.556.9410.0
      J. Martinez RF41200020.337.407.6571.0644.0
      X. Bogaerts SS30100001.285.357.528.8851.0
      M. Moreland 1B30000002.257.325.468.7930.0
      I. Kinsler 2B30000000.241.305.395.7000.0
      E. Nunez 3B30200010.260.285.373.6581.5
      S. Leon C30000002.202.254.318.5730.0
      Total301500169-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Wendle 2B30210100.291.341.421.7636.0
        M. Duffy 3B41200112.296.354.369.7233.5
        J. Choi DH50110016.261.336.479.8153.5
        T. Pham LF51111027.243.332.395.7275.0
        C. Cron 1B21000112.251.320.475.7952.5
        K. Kiermaier CF31200010.198.261.319.5806.5
        W. Adames SS31000033.257.322.412.7340.5
        B. Lowe RF20110202.195.340.220.5604.0
        M. Perez C30000012.284.310.388.698-0.5
        Total30594151024-----
        HITTERSAB
        J. Wendle 2B3
        M. Duffy 3B4
        J. Choi DH5
        T. Pham LF5
        C. Cron 1B2
        K. Kiermaier CF3
        W. Adames SS3
        B. Lowe RF2
        M. Perez C3
        Total30
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Martinez 2 (36)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, A. Benintendi, M. Moreland
          BATTING
          • 3B - J. Choi, K. Kiermaier (5)
          • HR - T. Pham (15)
          • SF - J. Wendle (8)
          • SH - K. Kiermaier, M. Perez
          • RBI - J. Wendle (46), J. Choi (16), T. Pham (44), B. Lowe (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Choi (7), B. Lowe (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Duffy, T. Pham 5 (5), C. Cron 2 (2), B. Lowe 2 (2), M. Perez
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Betts (25)
          • Picked Off - A. Benintendi (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Wendle (9), K. Kiermaier (9)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Wendle-Adames-Cron)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Porcello (L, 15-7)5.06332804.181.153.0
          R. Brasier1.00001000.900.752.0
          B. Workman1.02111112.761.13-0.5
          T. Thornburg1.01111104.421.360.5
          Total8.09555101---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Porcello (L, 15-7)5.0
          R. Brasier1.0
          B. Workman1.0
          T. Thornburg1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Yarbrough5.05111203.751.269.0
          R. Stanek (W, 2-3)1.00000102.531.0310.5
          C. Roe (H, 24)1.00000003.151.003.0
          J. Alvarado (H, 26)1.00000102.291.133.5
          S. Romo1.00000203.241.184.0
          Total9.0511160---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Yarbrough5.0
          R. Stanek (W, 2-3)1.0
          C. Roe (H, 24)1.0
          J. Alvarado (H, 26)1.0
          S. Romo1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - R. Brasier
          • HBP - R. Porcello 2 (13)
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 89-58, R. Brasier 16-9, B. Workman 22-14, T. Thornburg 26-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 4-3, R. Brasier 1-2, B. Workman 1-1, T. Thornburg 1-1
          • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 25, R. Brasier 4, B. Workman 6, T. Thornburg 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Yarbrough 75-48, R. Stanek 11-5, C. Roe 8-6, J. Alvarado 12-6, S. Romo 15-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Yarbrough 4-8, C. Roe 1-2, J. Alvarado 1-1
          • Batters Faced - R. Yarbrough 20, R. Stanek 2, C. Roe 3, J. Alvarado 3, S. Romo 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Choi tripled to deep right, Duffy scored15
          • 7TH INNING
            Pham homered to center14
          • 6TH INNING
            Wendle hit sacrifice fly to left, Adames scored13
            Kiermaier scored, Adames to second on wild pitch12
          • 4TH INNING
            Lowe singled to left, Cron scored11
          • 2ND INNING
            Moreland grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Martinez scored, Bogaerts out at second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Sergio Romo relieved Jose Alvarado
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Pearce flied out to center
            • J. Martinez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jose Alvarado relieved Chaz Roe
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
            • S. Leon: Ball, Leon grounded out to second
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tyler Thornburg relieved Brandon Workman
            • M. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wendle grounded out to second
            • M. Duffy: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duffy walked
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Choi tripled to deep right, Duffy scored
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pham lined out to second
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Chaz Roe relieved Ryne Stanek
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts popped out to second
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland grounded out to first
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kinsler popped out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brandon Workman relieved Ryan Brasier
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choi fouled out to catcher
            • T. Pham: Pham homered to center
            • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Kiermaier singled to shallow right, Cron to third
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Kiermaier stole second, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike looking, Lowe grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • Ryne Stanek relieved Ryan Yarbrough
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Pearce flied out to deep right
            • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi picked off at first, pitcher to first, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kiermaier tripled to deep right center
            • W. Adames: Ball, Adames hit by pitch
            • Ryan Brasier relieved Rick Porcello
            • B. Lowe: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier scored, Adames to second on wild pitch, Ball, Lowe walked
            • M. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Adames to third, Lowe to second
            • J. Wendle: Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle hit sacrifice fly to left, Adames scored
            • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Duffy flied out to center
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Kinsler popped out to third
            • E. Nunez: Nunez singled to right
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Leon flied out to center
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Betts flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wendle singled to left
            • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy singled to center, Wendle to second
            • J. Choi: Choi popped out to shortstop
            • T. Pham: Pham grounded out to third, Wendle to third, Duffy to second
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Foul, Pearce lined out to center
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez doubled to deep left
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to third
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Ball, Cron hit by pitch
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Kiermaier hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Cron to second
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowe singled to left, Cron scored
            • M. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez popped out to third
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez singled to deep left
            • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Leon lined out to right
            • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Betts reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Nunez out at second
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts stole second, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lowe walked
            • M. Perez: Ball, Perez reached on fielder's choice to second, Lowe out at second
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wendle walked, Perez to second
            • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Duffy singled to left, Perez to third, Wendle to second
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Choi struck out looking
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez doubled to left center
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts singled to left, Martinez to third
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Martinez scored, Bogaerts out at second
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kinsler flied out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron grounded out to third
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts lined out to center
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pearce grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Wendle singled to center
            • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Wendle stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Duffy struck out on foul tip
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choi lined out to center
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)