Recap - Sox go from swept to sweep

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

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Photo courtesy of the Associated Press

The Red Sox get swept by the lowly Baltimore Orioles to open the 2021 season and then turn around and take three from the defending American League Champions in the Tampa Bay Rays - and get this - with two of the wins being absolute routs.

Boston completed the task with a 9-2 win over the Rays on Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park.

For his second straight start, Nathan Eovaldi delivered a dominant performance, this time allowing one run over seven innings on three hits and a trio of walks while striking out seven. He threw 60 of his 91 pitches for strikes. His ERA over the two starts is an impressive 1.46.

Xander Bogaerts (pictured) led Boston's 13-hit attack with three singles, followed by two-hit games by Kike Hernandez, Christian Vazquez (home run), and Bobby Dalbec.

Over the course of the three-game series, the Red Sox outscored the Rays 26-9. The defense, sloppy in the Baltimore series, appeared considerably improved against the Rays.

The Red Sox travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles who just took two of three from the Yankees. Eduardo Rodriguez will make his 2021 debut.

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