Rays pitchers toss 9 no-hitter innings in no-hitter win over Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kevin Kiermaier capped Tampa Bay’s 10th inning three-run with a game-ending homer, and the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Saturday night after losing their bid for a no-hitter combined sure in the top half of the final frame.

Matt Wisler (1-0) allowed Boston’s first hit when Bobby Dalbec opened the 10th with a triple, leading auto-runner Jackie Bradley Jr. for a 1-0 lead. Christian Vázquez followed with a sacrifice ball on the left.

Major League Baseball rules state that this does not count as a no-hitter until the game ends and a team finishes without a hitter.

“You don’t want this to go to waste,” Kiermaier said. “They pitched well. Both parties did. It’s about the best pitching duel possible, with each team using six or seven arms. But it’s 2022 for you. Nothing is normal anymore.”

Hansel Robles (1-1) then came on for Boston and retired Tampa Bay’s first two batters in the bottom half. But autorunner Randy Arozarena advanced on a disallowance and scored when Taylor Walls hit a throwing error from second baseman Trevor Story.

“A difficult game. Amazing play (for Story) just to stop the ball,” Boston bench coach Will Venable said. “A ball that he needs to get rid of quickly, and that didn’t work for us.”

After Walls swept the second, Kiermaier pushed Robles 3-1 deep to the right for his first homer of the season.

Boston finished with two hits. Tampa Bay had three.

Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is doused by teammates after hitting a home run against the Red Sox on Saturday.

“It’s one of my dreams. I wanted to hit a home run. I’ve never done it at any level,” said Kiermaier, who was batting .125 when he came in to strike at 10th. “I will never forget that moment, that day. After my difficulties at the start of the season, I needed it so much. Our team did. What a victory!”

Brandon Lowe’s first double in the fourth against Boston starter Garrett Whitlock was the only hit of the game before Brett Phillips’ two-out single in the eighth against Kutter Crawford. Mike Zunino followed with a 400-foot fly ball that was carried by Kiké Hernández over the wall to center.

Whitlock, who made 46 relief appearances for Boston last season, struck out seven in four innings in his first major league start.

JP Feyereisen started the Rays' nine-inning no-hitter streak starting with two perfect frames.
JP Feyereisen started the Rays’ nine-inning no-hitter streak starting with two perfect frames.

JP Feyereisen threw two perfect innings as an opener for Tampa Bay, striking out two. Javy Guerra then got two outs before Jeffrey Springs pitched two innings. Jason Adam had four outs, Ryan Thompson threw the seventh, and Andrew Kittredge worked the eighth and ninth.

“It’s tough, but they’re all really good too,” Venable said. “We know our job is cut for us when we face these guys. They have a lot of good launchers that can mix and match and do a lot of different things.

The circuit was Kiermaier’s first since August 16.

“I just hope HR will click me so I can make a more attacking contribution,” he said. “It hasn’t been great so far, but I’m going to pick up the momentum and hopefully this is a turning point for me.”

New York Post

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