ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Randy Arozarena, rookie Wander Franco and the Tampa Bay Rays won their ninth straight game, breaking away from Boston 8-5 Tuesday night soon after Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was pulled because of a positive COVID-19 test.
Bogaerts hit an RBI single in the first inning, but the star was replaced defensively in the second.
It was announced before the game that Boston reliever Hirokazu Sawamura tested positive as a virus surge that started last week continues having a daily impact on the playoff-contending Red Sox.
Franco has a 31-game on-base streak, which is the fifth-longest by a player under 21. Meadows has 93 RBIs.
Arozarena homered in the second for the AL East leaders.
Devers picked up his 97th RBI with an eighth-inning single as Boston outhit the Rays 10-5.
Red Sox left-hander Martin Perez and right-hander Matt Barnes were added to the COVID-19 IL on Monday. Also, reliever Josh Taylor and first base coach Tom Goodwin were identified as close contacts, and quality control coach Ramon Vazquez tested positive.
Boston infielder-outfielder Kike Hernandez and infielder Christian Arroyo were placed on COVID-19 IL last Friday.
Ryan Yarbrough (8-4) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.
Brad Peacock (0-1), acquired from Cleveland Monday for cash, started for the beleaguered Boston pitching staff and gave up five runs, two hits, two walks and hit a batter over 2 1/3 innings in his first big league appearance since last Sept. 10 with Houston.
The Rays are expected to recall veteran reliever David Robertson from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday. The 36-year old was part of the silver medal-winning United States baseball team at this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Robertson last pitched in the majors on Apr. 14, 2019 with Philadelphia and had Tommy John surgery later in the year.
Red Sox: OF Hunter Renfroe (bereavement list) returned and had two doubles in five at-bats. . OF Danny Santana (left groin strain) hit a two-run homer in four at-bats in what was expected to be his final rehab game with Double-A Portland.
Rays: 1B Ji-Man Choi (strained left hamstring) had a light on-field workout.