On Monday, the Boston Red Sox open a four-game series on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays. Boston is 75-56 following a 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run in the 10th inning to help lead the Red Sox to the victory. Boston has won three straight, five of the last six and is third in the American League East seven games behind first place Tampa Bay.
Xander Bogaerts is batting .298 to lead Boston and the shortstop has team highs in hits with 134 and on-base percentage at .367. Third baseman Rafael Devers is the leader in home runs with 30 and RBIs with 94. On Monday, Boston will send Nick Pivetta to the mound. The right-hander is 9-6 with an ERA of 4.57, 145 Ks and 57 BBs.
Tampa Bay is 81-48 following a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. Randy Arozarena hit a two-run homer to put Tampa Bay ahead for good in the eighth inning. Tampa Bay has won six straight, 10 of the last 11 and the Rays are first in the American League East five games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees.
Randy Arozarena is batting .272 to lead Tampa Bay and the left fielder has a team high 117 hits. Second baseman Brandon Lowe is leading Tampa Bay in home runs with 30 and designated hitter Austin Meadows has 89 RBIs to lead the Rays. On Monday, Tampa Bay will send Luis Patino to the mound. The right-hander is 4-3 with an ERA of 4.70, 53 Ks and 21 BBs.