One day after beating Curt Schilling, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will try for their third straight win as they face the Boston Red Sox starter with the fewest wins in the second game of a four-game series at Fenway Park.
The Devil Rays are coming off an 8-3 win in the series opener on Monday, as they beat Schilling for the first time this season and handed him his first loss at Fenway Park since joining the Red Sox in the offseason.
Aubrey Huff hit one of Tampa Bay’s four homers to help the Devil Rays snap a nine-game road losing streak and beat Boston for second straight time, but just the third in 10 meetings this year. Toby Hall hit a two-run homer, and Tino Martinez and Julio Lugo each added a solo shot for Tampa Bay, which had been 0-3 and had scored just three runs in 23 1-3 innings against Schilling this season.
Schilling left after allowing six runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings Monday.
“Our guys just hung in there and finally started to get to him in the middle innings,” Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said.
The Devil Rays won for the sixth time in 10 games after losing six straight. Now, after beating Schilling—who leads Boston with 13 wins—Tampa Bay will face Bronson Arroyo, whose four wins are the fewest among Red Sox starters.
Arroyo lost six straight starts from May 27 to June 26, but hasn’t pitched too poorly since. He is 2-1 with a 3.21 ERA in his last six outings, including a start against the Yankees in which he allowed six earned runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings.
The right-hander is coming off a loss at Tampa Bay in his last outing on Wednesday as he allowed four earned runs and six hits in seven innings of Boston’s 5-4 loss.