Boston (CBS) The Rays and starting pitcher Jeff Niemann turned the tables on the Red Sox Tuesday night to win the second game of the doubleheader 6-2 at Fenway Park.
Niemann went the distance, striking out 10 and giving up only two earned runs in the complete game win. Both James Shields and Niemann pitched complete games during the doubleheader, but the Rays came out with one win and still trail the Red Sox by nine games in the AL East.
The pitching performance by Niemann was the deciding factor in this game. He looked confident in his pitches and continues to have a break out year for Tampa Bay. Since coming off of the DL in June he has gone 7-0 and has really established himself as a strikeout pitcher in this league.
Tampa Bay’s offense provided the backup with two early runs in the second inning. Ben Zobrist reached base on a bunt, then B.J Upton singled to right field to put the two men on base that eventually came around to score.
Desmond Jennings had a few great plays of his own in tonight’s game. He crushed a solo homer off Bedard in the fifth and made a spectacular catch in the first, robbing Dustin Pedroia.
The team excelled both on the diamond and at the plate yesterday, and when things are working for the Rays they are a hard team to beat.
Tampa Bay will start the last game of the three-game series today at 1:35 ET.