Baseball: Arozarena sounds the charge for the Rays

Baseball: Arozarena sounds the charge for the Rays


The Tampa Bay Rays capitalized on a productive offensive day from Randy Arozarena to defeat the Boston Red Sox 8-4 on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. 

< p>The outfielder didn't take long to make his presence felt. On his first turn at bat, he expelled an offering from pitcher Rich Hill out of bounds, while teammates Yandy Diaz and Manuel Margot were on the trails. Arozarena quickly put his team up 3-0.

The 27-year-old had two more hits afterward, but produced no more runs. He still completed his lap of the trails after each of his hits.

On the mound for the visitors, Hill (6-6) finally gave up after four innings, in a particularly rough start in which he allowed five runs on nine hits from the safe and one walk.

For their part, the winners preferred a strategy employing several relievers. None of the gunners used was therefore on the mound for more than two rounds. Garrett Cleavinger (1-1) is the one who inherited the victory. He's also had the most strikeouts, with three of 10 off the Massachusetts team.

In the standings, the Rays grabbed half a game from the New York Yankees, who still sit atop the American East Division. Four and a half games now separate the two teams. The formation of the Big Apple was also unable to play its match of the day against the Minnesota Twins, due to the rain.

Leblanc cannot propel the Marlins

In Philadelphia, Quebecer Charles Leblanc had a great opportunity to help the Miami Marlins triumph, but was unable to do so, and his team lost 3 to 2 against the Phillies.

Used as a pinch hitter by Florida at the start of the eighth inning, Leblanc was first hit by a pitch from gunner Brad Hand. He then progressed to second base thanks to Jon Berti's single, then to third base after Joey Wendle's sacrifice bunt. Brian Anderson finally allowed him to complete his lap of the trails, using a sacrifice balloon. Leblanc thus tied the game 2 to 2.

In the ninth inning, the Quebecer had a golden opportunity to give the Marlins the lead. He then came to the plate with runners on first and second base and two outs already recorded. Leblanc was unable to take advantage of a three-ball count and no strike, however, as he was taken out by hitting a fly ball to center field.

Jean Segura finally gave the victory to the crowd favorites, with a productive single in the ninth inning.