NS. PETERSBURG – The Rays got back to business at Tropicana Field Tuesday night, scoring early and staying late in an 8-5 win over a Red Sox team afflicted by COVID-19 cases.
With 30 games to go, the defending champions of the American League are exactly where they want to be.
With a strong six-inning start from left-hander Ryan Yarbrough and taking advantage of Boston’s mistakes, Tampa Bay stacked their ninth straight win, marking a 21-win month in August. The Rays, who won 22-6 in May, are the first team since the 2002 Moneyball A’s to have two calendar months with at least 21 wins in the same season.
The Rays improved to 84-48 overall, a franchise record of 36 games over .500 as they won for the 24th time in their last 30 games. With the runner-up Yankees still in action when Andrew Kittredge recorded the game’s final on Tuesday, the Rays increased their lead in the AL East to a franchise record of 7 1/2 games. They’ll roll into September after leading the division for 32 straight days while holding the AL’s best record for 26 straight days.