ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kevin Kiermaier capped Tampa Bay’s three-run tenth inning with a game-ending homer, and the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Saturday evening after shedding their bid for a mixed no-hitter in the highest half of the ultimate body.
Matt Wisler (1-0) surrendered Boston’s first hit when Bobby Dalbec opened the tenth with a triple, driving in computerized runner Jackie Bradley Jr. for a 1-0 lead. Christian Vázquez adopted with a sacrifice fly to left.
Major League Baseball guidelines say it doesn’t depend as a no-hitter till the sport ends and a workforce finishes with no hits.
“You don’t want to see that go to waste,” Kiermaier stated. “They threw great. Both sides did. This is about as good a pitchers’ duel as you can get, each team using six or seven arms. But this is 2022 for you. Nothing is normal anymore.”
Hansel Robles (1-1) then got here in for Boston and struck out the primary two Tampa Bay batters in the underside half. But computerized runner Randy Arozarena superior on a balk and scored when Taylor Walls reached on a throwing error by second baseman Trevor Story.
“A tough play. An unbelievable play (for Story) just to stop the ball,” Boston bench coach Will Venable stated. “A ball he’s got to get rid of quickly, and it didn’t go our way.”
After Walls swiped second, Kiermaier drove Robles’ 3-1 pitch deep to proper for his first homer of the season.
Boston completed with two hits. Tampa Bay had three.
“It’s a dream of mine. I’ve wanted to hit a walk-off homer. I’ve never done it any level,” stated Kiermaier, who was batting .125 when he got here as much as hit in the tenth. “I’ll never forget this moment, this day. After my early season struggles I needed that so bad. Our team did. What a win!”
Brandon Lowe’s leadoff double in the fourth off Boston starter Garrett Whitlock was the one hit of the sport earlier than Brett Phillips’ two-out single in the eighth off Kutter Crawford. Mike Zunino adopted with a 400-foot fly ball that was hauled in by Kiké Hernández on the wall in middle.
Whitlock, who made 46 aid appearances for Boston final season, struck out seven in 4 innings in his first main league begin.
J.P. Feyereisen pitched two excellent innings as Tampa Bay’s opener, hanging out two. Javy Guerra then bought two outs earlier than Jeffrey Springs pitched two innings. Jason Adam bought 4 outs, Ryan Thompson pitched the seventh and Andrew Kittredge labored the eighth and ninth.
“It’s challenging, but they’re also all really good,” Venable stated. “We know our work’s cut out for us when we play these guys. They have a lot of great pitchers that can mix and match and do a lot of different things.”
The homer was Kiermaier’s first since Aug. 16.
“I just hope that HR makes me click so I can make more of an offensive contribution,” he stated. “Hasn’t been great so far, but I’m going to get my swings and hope this is a turning point for me.”