Tyler Glasnow pitches 5 innings in playoff tuneup and Rays beat Purple Sox 5-0

Purple Sox

With their 82nd loss, the Purple Sox are assured to complete under .500 for the third time in 4 seasons.

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws the ball from the mound.
Tampa Bay Rays beginning pitcher Tyler Glasnow delivers throughout the first inning of a baseball sport towards the Boston Purple Sox at Fenway Park, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, in Boston. AP Photograph/Charles Krupa

BOSTON (AP) — Tyler Glasnow pitched 5 scoreless innings in his closing begin earlier than the postseason, combining with 4 relievers on a three-hitter and main the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-0 victory over the Boston Purple Sox on Wednesday evening.

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“I’m glad I might finish on a superb be aware, and I’m prepared for the playoffs,” stated Glasnow, who struck out 9 and retired the final 10 batters he confronted to finish a private two-game dropping streak. “I felt actually good. I’m tremendous glad I might do it now. I believe after a few unhealthy ones, it’s good to finish on a superb be aware.”

Josh Lowe had three hits, together with a house run, and Isaac Paredes additionally homered for Tampa Bay, which has clinched a wild-card berth can and nonetheless catch the Orioles for the AL East title. Baltimore beat Washington later Wednesday, decreasing its magic quantity to 1 to get rid of the Rays from the division race.

Even so, the Rays celebrated within the customer’s clubhouse at Fenway Park, having opted not to take action once they clinched not less than a wild-card berth on Sept. 17, a day they blew a late lead and misplaced at Baltimore.

“Final Sunday was distinctive set of circumstances,” supervisor Kevin Money stated. “We determined, ‘Let’s see if we will get a bit nearer to this factor.’ … However what these guys completed deserves to be celebrated. We’re extremely happy with them.”

With their 82nd loss, the Purple Sox are assured to complete under .500 for the third time in 4 seasons. With the Yankees‘ 6-0 victory over Toronto, Boston clinched final place within the division — additionally for the third time in 4 seasons.

Glasnow (10-7) allowed two hits and walked one whereas throwing simply 70 pitches. It was his first scoreless outing since August, and simply his second of the season. Andrew Kittredge, Jake Diekman, Chris Devenski and Robert Stephenson every pitched a scoreless inning.

Purple Sox starter Brayan Bello (12-11) allowed 5 runs on 9 hits and two walks, putting out three in six innings.

Lowe hit a solo homer within the second inning, and the Rays made it 3-0 within the fourth once they began the inning with three straight singles, scoring one run on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly and a second on Manuel Margot’s double.

Lowe had his third hit to steer off the sixth and scored on Paredes’ homer to make it 5-0.

Powerful crowd

The attendance for the Fenway finale of 34,559 introduced the season whole to 2.67 million — about 50,000 greater than final yr, however worse than each different non-pandemic yr since 2002.

Up subsequent

Rays: Have Thursday off earlier than opening a season-ending three-game sequence in Toronto. RHP Aaron Civale (7-4) will pitch the opener for Tampa Bay.

Purple Sox: LHP Chris Sale (6-4) will face Orioles RHP Dean Kremer (12-5) on Thursday evening within the opener of a four-game, season-ending sequence in Baltimore.