By KEN POWTAK, Related Press
BOSTON (AP) — Put the popcorn away for the winter at Tropicana Subject.
The AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays noticed their record-setting season come to a sudden finish Monday evening after they misplaced to the Boston Purple Sox 6-5 in Sport 4 of their Division Sequence and had been eradicated within the best-of-five playoff.
The Rays set a franchise greatest with 100 wins this season and shut out wild-card Boston at residence of their postseason opener. Gamers sat comfortably within the dugout, a number of of them munching on popcorn throughout the sport.
After a blowout loss in Sport 2, they got here to Fenway Park.
Two days in Boston grew to become their very own private horror film, ending their bid to succeed in a second straight World Sequence.
Boston ended the sequence with consecutive walk-off wins and Purple Sox gamers threw gum within the air after they celebrated close to the mound after Kiké Hernández’s sacrifice fly scored pinch-runner Danny Santana from third base with the decisive run within the backside of the ninth.
Christian Vázquez opened the inning with a single off J.P. Feyereisen and superior on a sacrifice. Pinch-hitter Travis Shaw then hit a gradual curler to 3rd and reached on an infield single when Yandy Diaz’s off-balance throw bounced and first baseman Ji-Man Choi could not corral it cleanly into his chest.
Hernández adopted together with his game-winning fly to left discipline.
Two dangerous bounces for the Rays and their season was over.
Dealing with elimination in a scoreless sport within the third inning, supervisor Kevin Money went to 24-year-old rookie Shane McClanahan to enter in aid on three-days’ relaxation.
Eight batters later, the Rays discovered themselves down 5-0 and McClanahan was pulled with two outs.
The lefty allowed all 5 runs with two outs, giving up Rafael Devers’ three-run homer to straightaway middle discipline on a first-pitch fastball.
Xander Bogaerts adopted with a single earlier than scoring on Alex Verdugo’s double excessive off the Inexperienced Monster. J.D. Martinez then hit an RBI single excessive off the Monster and Money yanked his extremely touted prospect down 5-0.
McClanahan, the Sport 1 winner, pitched 5 innings within the Rays’ 5-0 victory final Thursday evening.
On Monday evening, Collin McHugh, the opener, labored two innings, permitting only one hit. He breezed via the primary two innings, throwing simply 18 pitches.
Earlier than the sport, Money mentioned McClanahan and 22-year-old Shane Baz could be within the bullpen.
Money additionally mentioned he’d need to watch out utilizing them.
“If we see a necessity come up, we’ll use them,” he mentioned. “We’re going to be very conscious. We’re speaking about gamers which can be so essential to us now and transferring ahead.”
The Rays rallied, reducing it to 5-3 within the sixth on prized rookie Wander Franco’s two-run homer. They scored two extra within the eighth, tying it in on Randy Arozarena’s RBI single.
However on this evening, the Rays’ versatile bullpen faltered.
An evening earlier, they misplaced 6-4 on Vázquez’s two-run over the Inexperienced Monster within the thirteenth inning after an obscure rule and an premature bounce took away a probable go-ahead run within the prime of the inning.
Kevin Kiermaier’s deep drive sailed over proper fielder Hunter Renfroe’s head, bounced off the brief wall in entrance of the Boston bullpen and again onto the warning monitor.
It ricocheted off Renfroe and into the bullpen for a ground-rule double. That despatched Diaz, who nearly definitely would have scored simply from first base, again to 3rd.
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