MLB Predictions: Will Odorizzi lead Rays to upset over Red Sox? 8/9/17

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The Boston Red Sox won their eighth consecutive game Wednesday night, pulling away to an 8-2 victory over the slumping Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Kimbrel, Pedro Martinez (2002), and Clay Buchholz (2012) are the only other Red Sox pitchers to accomplish immaculate innings. His solo shot off Rick Porcello was the first of two homers the Rays produced in the sixth inning. He notched six strikeouts while throwing 61 of his 103 pitches for strikes.

The Boston Red Sox were showing off their offense at the beginning of last week and are leaning on their pitching staff of late, with the two pieces combining to lead the team to seven straight wins.

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi left Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning after being struck squarely on the right foot by a line drive.

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Odorizzi was activated off the 10-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's game as he is coming back from a lower back strain, starting for the first time since July 23.

To that point, the Rays had scored only two runs over their previous 43 innings (including Sunday's ninth when Steven Souza Jr. hit a walkoff homer).

Mariners 6, Athletics 3: Nelson Cruz homered twice, Kyle Seager also went deep and Seattle completed a two-game sweep. Mookie Betts started the rally with an RBI single scoring Eduardo Nunez. The Rays got Hanley Ramirez caught between third and home for a second out, but Sandy Leon came through with a two-run, two-out single to make it 6-0.

Porcello then promptly threw an immaculate inning to further break the Rays' spirit. He was replaced by left-handed pitcher Dan Jennings.