BOSTON – Five Tampa Bay Rays pitchers, including former Red Sox farmhand Jalen Beeks, combined to shutout Boston 2-0 Sunday at Fenway Park.
Beeks, who was making his first appearance against the Red Sox since he was traded to Tampa Bay in July for Nathan Eovaldi, held his former team quiet for four innings on a bullpen day for the Rays. He moved to 2-1 on the season.
The lefty allowed just one hit, struck out three, walked two, and induced a big double play from J.D. Martinez in the fourth inning with two on and nobody out.
Martinez saw his 51-game on-base streak at home come to an end in the loss.
The Red Sox were held to just two hits, one from Andrew Benintendi and the other from Xander Bogaerts.
Hector Velazquez, who started in place of the injured Chris Sale, went four innings and allowed one run on three hits. It was the righty’s first loss in 2018, dropping his record to 7-1.
Both Rays runs came on home runs. Joey Wendle took Velazquez deep in the third and Matt Barnes gave up a solo shot to C.J. Cron in the ninth.
The Red Sox open up a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians on Monday. Rick Porcello (15-5, 4.04 ERA) will face Corey Kluber (15-6, 2.68 ERA).