Red Sox pile on the misery for Tampa Bay in 20-8 rout

It was a harrowing defeat for the Tampa Bay Rays as they succumbed to a 20-8 loss at the hands of the Boston Red Sox, despite the fact the Rays have lead the AL-East for much of the season.

Praised for their modern use of ‘Moneyball’ techniques, the Rays have been the shining example of succeeding on a budget in recent years, yet the latest defeat to the Red Sox will hurt.

Having won five in a row and six in a row against the Boston franchise, Wednesday evening was the first time the Rays had allowed 20 runs against them since 2007.

The actuality of the clash was worse than the scoreline suggests, with the Rays down 20-1 until the very last inning, where they hit seven runs and threatened, albeit meagrely, to mount a comeback.

JD Martinez contributed four of the 19 hits for the Red Sox, which was a Boston record for the current season, whilst Nathan Eovaldi pitched seven innings and allowed just a solitary home run, tying his season-high 10 strikeouts.

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