Snell, Rays win 8th straight and hand Red Sox 1st sweep

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Blake Snell had his best fastball and that was more than enough against baseball's best team.

The All-Star lefty pitched two-hit ball over six innings and the Tampa Bay Rays won their eighth straight game Sunday, beating Boston 9-1 to hand the major league-leading Red Sox their first sweep of the season.

''There was a lot of energy today,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said, ''but the guy on the mound sucked it up.''

Snell (16-5) allowed one run and struck out eight. He has given up no more than one earned run in 14 consecutive starts at home, and he has a 1.08 ERA in four outings against the Red Sox this year.

''I almost have to tell myself to wake up over there. He's so good I feel like I don't even have to do much,'' Rays third baseman Matt Duffy said. ''I'm just kind of chillin' over there. I've got a really good seat for the game. When he pitches I go, `OK, wake up, the ball might come your way - if they make contact with it.'''

Boston (90-42) has lost six of eight and was outscored 24-5 in the three-game set.

Duffy had three hits and drove in two runs for the surprising Rays, who completed their first undefeated homestand of more than one series. They won all seven games against the Royals and Red Sox, and are nine games above .500 (70-61) for the first time since June 2015.

''For us to do it against Kansas City and then Boston, the best team in the league right now, to be able to do that to them says a lot about our team,'' Snell said. ''I'm excited to be in this clubhouse with these guys.''

Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi, acquired from the Rays in a July 25 trade, gave up hits to the first three batters he faced and fell behind 2-0.

Kevin Kiermaier's two-run triple was the fourth hit off Eovaldi in a three-run third that left Tampa Bay with a 5-0 lead.

''They're a very streaky team,'' Eovaldi said. ''They've had their ups and downs. Right now they're swinging the bats as well as anybody. The pitching has been pretty good all year.''

Eovaldi (5-6) dropped to 2-2 with Boston. He gave up six runs - five earned - and eight hits in four innings while striking out five. In his last four starts, the right-hander has allowed 35 hits in 17 innings.

TWO-DAY BREAK

Cora said he never reconsidered his plan to give slugger J.D. Martinez the day off before Monday's scheduled open date. ''We haven't done two days off with him the whole season,'' Cora said. ''With him it's about the mechanics - he's always afraid that he's going lose it. But I think at this stage, two days will benefit him.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right ankle sprain) will attempt to pitch six innings in a rehab start Monday. ... RHP Steven Wright (left knee inflammation) will throw to catcher Christian Vazquez (broken finger) at Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.

Rays: Manager Kevin Cash said OF Mallex Smith (viral infection) is ''doing considerably better'' and was expected to be released from the hospital Sunday. Cash has no timetable but didn't rule out Smith, who was hospitalized Friday, from playing again early next month.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Brian Johnson will pitch Tuesday night in the first of two home games against the Miami Marlins.

Rays: After their first day off in two weeks, the Rays open a two-game series in Atlanta on Tuesday night. Ryne Stanek will start.

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  • W: B. Snell (16-5)L: N. Eovaldi (5-6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF20110010.336.422.6281.0493.5
B. Swihart RF10000000.222.276.296.5720.0
E. Nunez 3B40100012.260.284.372.6570.5
X. Bogaerts SS40000023.283.354.523.877-1.0
S. Pearce DH30000102.291.382.545.9281.0
M. Moreland 1B30000001.255.322.464.7860.0
I. Kinsler 2B30000010.239.303.392.695-0.5
B. Holt LF30000020.262.343.360.703-1.0
S. Leon C21000100.200.255.316.5712.0
J. Bradley CF30100020.224.304.388.6921.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Wendle 2B51200022.292.342.424.7663.0
    M. Duffy 3B42320010.300.357.375.7327.5
    J. Choi DH41210121.268.345.480.8254.0
    T. Pham LF51210024.245.333.395.7283.0
    J. Bauers 1B21010102.207.326.402.7293.0
    K. Kiermaier CF30120112.200.264.327.5915.5
    W. Adames SS40000023.251.316.403.719-1.0
    B. Lowe RF32100100.205.352.227.5796.0
    M. Perez C41120022.282.307.394.7014.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bradley (25)
      • SF - M. Betts (4)
      • RBI - M. Betts (65)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - X. Bogaerts, S. Pearce 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Wendle (19), M. Duffy (18), M. Perez (5)
      • 3B - K. Kiermaier (6)
      • SF - M. Duffy (2), J. Bauers (3)
      • RBI - M. Duffy 2 (35), J. Choi (17), T. Pham (45), J. Bauers (35), K. Kiermaier 2 (21), M. Perez 2 (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Duffy (11), K. Kiermaier 2 (6), M. Perez 2 (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Wendle, J. Choi, T. Pham 2 (2), K. Kiermaier, W. Adames 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (26)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Lowe (2)
      • Picked Off - T. Pham (4)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Moreland (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Eovaldi (L, 5-6)4.08650504.151.15-3.5
      J. Kelly1.01001003.931.291.0
      H. Hembree1.02111203.981.380.0
      M. Barnes1.01222202.891.16-1.0
      C. Kimbrel1.00000302.421.004.5
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Eovaldi (L, 5-6)4.0
      J. Kelly1.0
      H. Hembree1.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      C. Kimbrel1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell (W, 16-5)6.02112802.050.9927.0
      D. Castillo1.00000003.231.053.0
      A. Kittredge2.01000107.431.725.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell (W, 16-5)6.0
      D. Castillo1.0
      A. Kittredge2.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - N. Eovaldi (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Eovaldi 89-65, J. Kelly 20-10, H. Hembree 33-18, M. Barnes 26-13, C. Kimbrel 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Eovaldi 4-4, J. Kelly 2-0, M. Barnes 1-0
      • Batters Faced - N. Eovaldi 21, J. Kelly 4, H. Hembree 6, M. Barnes 6, C. Kimbrel 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 89-55, D. Castillo 8-6, A. Kittredge 21-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 3-6, D. Castillo 1-2, A. Kittredge 3-2
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 21, D. Castillo 3, A. Kittredge 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF20110010.336.422.6281.0493.5
      B. Swihart RF10000000.222.276.296.5720.0
      E. Nunez 3B40100012.260.284.372.6570.5
      X. Bogaerts SS40000023.283.354.523.877-1.0
      S. Pearce DH30000102.291.382.545.9281.0
      M. Moreland 1B30000001.255.322.464.7860.0
      I. Kinsler 2B30000010.239.303.392.695-0.5
      B. Holt LF30000020.262.343.360.703-1.0
      S. Leon C21000100.200.255.316.5712.0
      J. Bradley CF30100020.224.304.388.6921.0
      Total281310298-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Wendle 2B51200022.292.342.424.7663.0
        M. Duffy 3B42320010.300.357.375.7327.5
        J. Choi DH41210121.268.345.480.8254.0
        T. Pham LF51210024.245.333.395.7283.0
        J. Bauers 1B21010102.207.326.402.7293.0
        K. Kiermaier CF30120112.200.264.327.5915.5
        W. Adames SS40000023.251.316.403.719-1.0
        B. Lowe RF32100100.205.352.227.5796.0
        M. Perez C41120022.282.307.394.7014.0
        Total349129041216-----
        HITTERSAB
        J. Wendle 2B5
        M. Duffy 3B4
        J. Choi DH4
        T. Pham LF5
        J. Bauers 1B2
        K. Kiermaier CF3
        W. Adames SS4
        B. Lowe RF3
        M. Perez C4
        Total34
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Bradley (25)
          • SF - M. Betts (4)
          • RBI - M. Betts (65)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - X. Bogaerts, S. Pearce 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Wendle (19), M. Duffy (18), M. Perez (5)
          • 3B - K. Kiermaier (6)
          • SF - M. Duffy (2), J. Bauers (3)
          • RBI - M. Duffy 2 (35), J. Choi (17), T. Pham (45), J. Bauers (35), K. Kiermaier 2 (21), M. Perez 2 (10)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Duffy (11), K. Kiermaier 2 (6), M. Perez 2 (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Wendle, J. Choi, T. Pham 2 (2), K. Kiermaier, W. Adames 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Betts (26)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Lowe (2)
          • Picked Off - T. Pham (4)
          FIELDING
          • E - M. Moreland (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          N. Eovaldi (L, 5-6)4.08650504.151.15-3.5
          J. Kelly1.01001003.931.291.0
          H. Hembree1.02111203.981.380.0
          M. Barnes1.01222202.891.16-1.0
          C. Kimbrel1.00000302.421.004.5
          Total8.012984120---
          PITCHERSIP
          N. Eovaldi (L, 5-6)4.0
          J. Kelly1.0
          H. Hembree1.0
          M. Barnes1.0
          C. Kimbrel1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Snell (W, 16-5)6.02112802.050.9927.0
          D. Castillo1.00000003.231.053.0
          A. Kittredge2.01000107.431.725.5
          Total9.0311290---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Snell (W, 16-5)6.0
          D. Castillo1.0
          A. Kittredge2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - N. Eovaldi (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - N. Eovaldi 89-65, J. Kelly 20-10, H. Hembree 33-18, M. Barnes 26-13, C. Kimbrel 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Eovaldi 4-4, J. Kelly 2-0, M. Barnes 1-0
          • Batters Faced - N. Eovaldi 21, J. Kelly 4, H. Hembree 6, M. Barnes 6, C. Kimbrel 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 89-55, D. Castillo 8-6, A. Kittredge 21-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 3-6, D. Castillo 1-2, A. Kittredge 3-2
          • Batters Faced - B. Snell 21, D. Castillo 3, A. Kittredge 7
          • 7TH INNING
            Perez doubled to deep right, Bauers and Lowe scored19
          • 6TH INNING
            Duffy doubled to right, Lowe scored17
            Betts hit sacrifice fly to center, Leon scored16
          • 4TH INNING
            Duffy hit sacrifice fly to center, Perez scored06
          • 3RD INNING
            Kiermaier tripled to deep left, Choi and Pham scored05
            Pham singled to center, Duffy scored, Choi to second03
          • 1ST INNING
            Bauers hit sacrifice fly to right, Duffy scored02
            Choi singled to center, Wendle scored, Duffy to third01
          • 9TH INNING
            • A. Kittredge Pitching:
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike looking, Swihart grounded out to first
            • E. Nunez: Nunez singled to center
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Nunez to second on fielder's indifference, Nunez to second, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to third
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Pearce grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Andrew Kittredge relieved Diego Castillo
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Holt fouled out to third
            • S. Leon: Leon fouled out to third
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Blake Swihart in right field
            • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
            • M. Duffy: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Duffy struck out looking
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Choi struck out looking
            • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Diego Castillo relieved Blake Snell
            • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Pearce grounded out to third
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland flied out to deep center
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kinsler popped out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Barnes relieved Heath Hembree
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bauers walked
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • B. Lowe: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lowe walked, Bauers to second
            • M. Perez: Strike swinging, Perez doubled to deep right, Bauers and Lowe scored
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Wendle grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Leon walked
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Bradley doubled to right, Leon to third
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Betts hit sacrifice fly to center, Leon scored
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nunez grounded out to second, Bradley to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Heath Hembree relieved Joe Kelly
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Lowe reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • M. Perez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe stole second
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Duffy doubled to right, Lowe scored
            • J. Choi: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choi walked
            • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pham flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland fouled out to third
            • I. Kinsler: Foul, Kinsler flied out to deep center
            • B. Holt: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Holt struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Kelly relieved Nathan Eovaldi
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pham singled to right
            • J. Bauers: Pham picked off at first, pitcher to first, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bauers grounded out to first
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier walked
            • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Adames grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Betts singled to center
            • E. Nunez: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Lowe safe at first on 1st baseman Moreland fielding error
            • M. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Perez reached on fielder's choice to second, Lowe out at second
            • J. Wendle: Foul, Wendle singled to center, Perez to second
            • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Perez to third, Wendle to second on wild pitch, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Duffy hit sacrifice fly to center, Perez scored
            • J. Choi: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Leon grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Wendle struck out looking
            • M. Duffy: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Duffy singled to left
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Choi singled to right, Duffy to third
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pham singled to center, Duffy scored, Choi to second
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bauers lined out to right
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kiermaier tripled to deep left, Choi and Pham scored
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moreland flied out to left
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pearce out at second, Pearce out at second, Foul, Strike looking, Kinsler struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike swinging, Adames grounded out to second
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe grounded out to second
            • M. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nunez flied out to deep center
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Wendle doubled to left
            • M. Duffy: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Duffy reached on an infield single to shortstop, Wendle to third
            • J. Choi: Foul, Strike swinging, Choi singled to center, Wendle scored, Duffy to third
            • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bauers hit sacrifice fly to right, Duffy scored
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kiermaier fouled out to first
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)