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Rays go 10 innings to beat Red Sox on Kevin Kiermaier homer

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Drew Smyly of the Tampa Bay Rays had plenty to be smiling about on Tuesday night.

Smyly pitched eight innings of one-hit baseball, shutting down the Boston Red Sox in a 3-0 win in 10 innings.

Smyly had trouble in the third, giving up two walks and his only single to Jackie Bradley Jr. But the Rays got out of it with a force-out to home and a double play, keeping the shutout going.

The Rays had only three hits themselves through the first nine innings, but they broke through in the 10th. Kevin Kiermaier led off with a home run, and Desmond Jennings doubled in two insurance runs later.

Erasmo Ramirez pitched the ninth to get his third win of the year. Alex Colome pitched the 10th for the  save.

Smyly retired the last 17 batters he faced. In all, the Rays retired the last 23.

But the Rays have scored two runs or less in his 15 of his 22 starts as a Ray. In half of those, they’ve scored one or fewer.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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