GAME NOTES: Tonight marked the 4th time this season a game between BOS and TB has been scoreless heading into the 5th inning…The teams were knotted at 0-0 going into the 6th inning on 5/5, the 5th inning on 6/27, the 13th inning on 9/13, and the 7th inning tonight…Drew Smyly has started 3 of those 4 games for the Rays.
· After Mookie Betts stole 3B in the 1st inning, neither team advanced a runner past 2B until Kevin Kiermaier stole 3B in the 7th inning…The season series is tied, 9-9, with the Rays out-scoring the Red Sox, 75-72.
RED SOX NOTES (72-79)
THE RED SOX fell to 40-37 at Fenway Park, including 1-2 on their current 7-game homestand.
RICK PORCELLO (7.0+ IP, 11 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 8 SO, HBP) did not allow a runner to reach 3B until the 7th inning and did not surrender an extra-base hit until the 8th…Is 3-3 with a 2.98 ERA (14 ER/42.1 IP) in 6 starts since coming off the DL on 8/26, recording at least 6.0 IP in each of those outings…Has 50 SO and only 10 BB in 8 starts since 7/24.
· Has 37 SO in September, marking a new career high for any calendar month (previous: 32 in May 2013).
MOOKIE BETTS (3-5, R, SB) has reached base in each of his last 26 games, the longest streak by a Red Sox since Mike Napoli’s 33-game stretch from 4/4-5/14/14…It is the 2nd-longest active on-base streak in the AL (Mauer-42).
· Extended his home hitting streak to 12 games…Has hit safely in 32 of his last 35 games overall since 8/14 (56-for-154, .364 AVG)…Has 62 hits in only 39 games since 7/27, recording multiple hits in 20 of those.
· Stole his 20th base of the season…Is the first Sox player age 22 or younger to record 20 SB and 15 HR in a season since Ellis Burks in 1987 (20 HR, 27 SB).
DUSTIN PEDROIA (0-4, BB) snapped a 20-game hitting streak at home, as well as a 10-game hitting streak overall…Has reached base in each of his last 33 games against the AL East since 4/24, the longest streak by a Red Sox since Victor Martinez’s 33-game stretch from 5/24-10/2/10 (source: Elias Sports Bureau).