FINAL SCORE: Tampa Bay Rays 5, Boston Red Sox 1
IN BRIEF: The Red Sox had their best starting pitcher on the mound Tuesday night but couldn't beat the rival Rays at Tropicana Park.
Nathan Eovaldi gave up six hits and four earned runs in five innings as the Sox lost their fourth straight game. The Red Sox offense continues to struggle and has now scored two or fewer runs in three of the last four games. Andrew Benintendi again struggled in the leadoff spot and went 0-for-5 at the plate. He's now batting .069 in what's been a disastrous season for him. Rafael Devers (0-for-3) and Xander Bogaerts (0-for-4) also failed to produce.
Mitch Moreland was among the few bright spots for the Red Sox with his third home run of the season.
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RED SOX RECORD: 3-8
Mitch Moreland put the Red Sox on the board first with a solo blast in the second inning.
Mitch came out swingin'. 💪 pic.twitter.com/D0srFjzWKJ— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 4, 2020
Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Hunter Renfroe.
(B)ring ‘em in, Hunter! pic.twitter.com/HJ6xdb4Mes— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 5, 2020
Jackie Bradley Jr. made another fantastic diving catch.
The Red Sox will play one more game against the Rays in Tampa Bay before returning to Boston for a three-game series versus the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
at Rays, Wednesday, 6:40 p.m., NESN
vs. Blue Jays, Friday, 7:30 p.m., NESN