TAMPA, Fla. — Jake Odorizzi continued his strong rookie season, holding the Red Sox to one hit in seven innings and leading Tampa Bay to a 7-0 win over Boston on Saturday night at Tropicana Field.
Odorizzi (10-11) gave up just a fourth-inning single to Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks, and Red Sox starter Allen Webster (3-3) didn’t make it out of the fifth inning, getting tagged for six runs. Relievers Jeff Beliveau and Kirby Yates closed out the one-hitter for the Rays (66-70).
The Rays have allowed one run or less in their last six wins and nine of their last 10. Their seven runs came despite the top three hitters in the lineup going a combined 0-for-13. Boston (59-76) dropped to 6-8 against Tampa Bay this season, including 2-6 at the Trop.
The Rays scored three runs in the second off Webster, who opened the inning by hitting third baseman Evan Longoria. He scored on a double by first baseman James Loney, who scored after two walks and an RBI fielder’s choice by shortstop Ben Zobrist.
Boston got its first hit in the fourth inning, but a double play quickly erased that, and the Rays added another run in the fourth on singles by second baseman Logan Forsythe and catcher Ryan Hanigan, followed by a third hit-by-pitch from Webster. Zobrist picked up another RBI with an infield groundout for a 4-0 lead.
Boston’s struggles escalated in the fifth, with two on for the Rays when left fielder Brandon Guyer bunted in front of the plate and catcher David Ross threw the ball into right field, bringing in two runs and putting Guyer at third. He scored on Forsythe’s sacrifice fly for a 7-0 lead.
Staked to a seven-run lead, the right-handed Odorizzi had seven strikeouts, giving him 163 on the season, most among major-league rookies. He got out of a jam in the sixth, walking the bases loaded, but got shortstop Xander Bogaerts to pop out to first base to end the inning and keep the shutout intact.
NOTES: RHP Jake Odorizzi now has 10 starts in which he has allowed one run or less, tying Seattle’s Roenis Elias for the most in the majors among rookies. … Who broke up the Odorizzi no-hitter? Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who came into the game hitting just .196 and had been 3-for-17 on this trip. … Boston designated hitter David Ortiz is one of 11 players whose MLB career started before the Rays’ first game in 1998. He has more career RBIs (151) and walks (141) against Tampa Bay than any other player. … Boston RHP Allen Webster came in with much better stats on the road — 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA vs. 1-2 at home with a 7.58 ERA.