ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kevin Kiermaier topped Tampa Bay’s 10th inning with three runs with a homer late in the game, and the Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Saturday night after their bid for a combined no-hitter in the lost the top half of the last frame.
Matt Wisler (1-0) gave up Boston’s first as Bobby Dalbec opened the 10th with a three-pointer and gave automatic runner Jackie Bradley Jr. a 1-0 lead. Christian Vázquez followed with a sacrifice fly to the left.
Major League Baseball rules state that it does not count as a no-hitter until the game ends and one team finishes without a hit.
“You don’t want that to go unused,” Kiermaier said. “You threw great. Both sides did. This is about the best duel of pitchers you can get, with each team using six or seven arms. But that’s 2022 for you. Nothing is normal anymore.”
Hansel Robles (1-1) then came on for Boston, beating the first two Tampa Bay batters in the bottom half. But automatic runner Randy Arozarena advanced on a beam and scored when Taylor Walls met a throwing error from second baseman Trevor Story.
“A hard piece. An incredible play (for Story) just to stop the ball,” said Boston bench coach Will Venable. “A ball he needs to get rid of quickly and it wasn’t going our way.”
After Walls finished second, Kiermaier drove Robles’ 3-1 run deep right for his first homer of the season.
Boston ended with two hits. Tampa Bay had three.
“It’s a dream of mine. I wanted to hit a walk off homer. I’ve never made it,” said Kiermaier, who hit .125 when he scored on the 10th. “I will never forget this moment, this day. I needed this so badly after my struggles earlier in the season. Our team did it. What a win!”
Brandon Lowe’s leadoff double in the fourth ahead of Boston starter Garrett Whitlock was the only hit of the game ahead of Brett Phillips’ two-out single in the eighth ahead of Kutter Crawford. Mike Zunino followed up with a 400-foot flyball that was pulled in by Kiké Hernández on the center wall.
Whitlock, who made 46 appearances for Boston last season, hit seven of four innings in his first major league start.
JP Feyereisen threw two perfect innings as Tampa Bay’s opener and knocked out two. Javy Guerra then got two outs before Jeffrey Springs put up two innings. Jason Adam had four outs, Ryan Thompson a seventh, and Andrew Kittredge eighth and ninth.
“It’s a challenge, but they’re all really good,” said Venable. “We know our work is cut out for us when we play these guys. They have a lot of great pitchers that mix and match and do a lot of different things.”
The homer was Kiermaier’s first since August 16.
“I just hope HR will make me click so I can contribute more aggressively,” he said. “Hasn’t been great so far but I’ll get my swings and hope this is a turning point for me.”
https://nypost.com/2022/04/24/rays-pitchers-throw-9-no-hit-innings-in-walk-off-win-over-red-sox/ Ray’s pitchers throw 9 no-hit innings in walk-off win over Red Sox