After spending the week getting beaten up in New York, any place else would have felt fine for the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays, fresh off being swept by the Yankees, took their frustrations out on the Boston Red Sox Friday night in a 10-5 victory. Four different Rays hit home runs, led by Logan Morrison’s first career grand slam. Also homering were Shane Peterson, just up from the minors, Brad Miller, who hit his first homer of the season, and Steven Souza Jr. Miller had three hits.
Chris Archer, who lost 19 times a year ago, ran his record to 2-0, going 5 2/3 and giving up one earned run.
The Rays jumped on reigning Cy Young winner Rick Porcello, getting eight hits and eight earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. Porcello had gone at least five innings in 43 straight games.
The first big moment of the night was the two-run homer from Peterson, who was called up to replace the injured Mallex Smith.
“It was a pretty cool moment,” said manager Kevin Cash. “I’m really smart for putting him in the lineup. (laughs). No, I’m just happy for him.”
Archer had lost 11 in a row against the Red Sox.
The Rays play Boston again today as Jake Odorizzi faces Chris Sale.