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Isaac Paredes homers twice, Rays hammer 17 hits to rout Red Sox

Aug 28, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Isaac Paredes (17) watches his two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Isaac Paredes recorded his third multi-homer game of the season to help the Tampa Bay Rays power past the host Boston Red Sox 12-4 on Sunday afternoon.

Six players recorded multiple hits and four scored at least two runs for the Rays, who lost the first two games of the three-game series following a six-game win streak.

Paredes went 2-for-2, scored three runs, drove in three and also walked three times, while David Peralta and Randy Arozarena each had three hits and two RBIs as Tampa Bay totaled 17 total hits.

Franchy Cordero, J.D. Martinez and Tommy Pham hit solo home runs for the Red Sox, who were otherwise held scoreless over Corey Kluber’s (9-7) six innings of work.

Kluber struck out four and scattered eight hits in his second straight win and third against Boston this season.

Xander Bogaerts (3-for-4, RBI), Christian Arroyo (2-for-4), Bobby Dalbec (2-for-2, run) and Pham (2-for-5) had multiple hits for the Red Sox.

Boston’s Nick Pivetta (9-10) allowed five runs and eight hits while striking out four over five innings.

The first hit of the game was a one-out solo homer by Paredes that bounced off padding just above the Green Monster in the second inning.

Tampa Bay doubled its lead an inning later after Peralta’s two-out double down the right-field line. Manuel Margot walked and stole second to set the table for the Rays’ second run.

In the third, the Red Sox made it 2-1 with Cordero’s fourth homer in the last six games, a shot into the bullpen.

It wasn’t a one-run game for long as Paredes crushed a two-run homer to left after Arozarena’s leadoff double in the fourth.

In the bottom of the frame, J.D. Martinez brought the Red Sox a run closer with his first homer since July 10.

Peralta’s line double to right scored Margot from first in the fifth inning, but Pham answered in Boston’s half of the frame with a one-out solo blast.

Tampa Bay scored three runs in the sixth. Margot’s sac fly followed Jose Siri and Yandy Diaz singles, and after a walk, Harold Ramirez singled and Arozarena laced a double to left to make it 8-3.

After a Bogaerts sac fly brought Boston a run closer in the seventh, Arozarena hammered an RBI double, Taylor Walls hit a two-run single and Siri had an RBI fielder’s choice to add four for the Rays.

–Field Level Media