Shelby Miller posted a quality start in a no-decision against the Cubs on Friday, surrendering two runs on four hits over seven strong innings.
Miller struck out three while walking two on the evening. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Luis Valbuena and Jorge Soler each launching solo homers off him. It has been an up-and-down season for Miller, who now sports a 4.19 ERA and 1.36 WHIP through 152 2/3 innings. He’ll look to get back in the win column on Wednesday when he takes on the Pirates.
Mookie Betts blasted the first grand slam of his major league career, leading the Red Sox to an 8-4 victory over the Rays in Tampa Bay on Friday.
His critical blast came off opposing starter Chris Archer with two outs in the second inning, increasing the Red Sox lead to 8-0 at the time and putting the game virtually out of reach. Betts also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-5. He's now hitting .253/.337/.418 with three homers and seven RBI in his limited time with the Red Sox.
Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-5 and drove home a pair of runs as the Red Sox trounced the Rays in Tampa Bay on Friday.
Cespedes got the Red Sox on the board with an RBI single off Chris Archer in the first inning, and contributed to a five-run uprising in the second as well with an RBI double. With the two-hit attack, he's now hitting .262/.303/.467 on the year with 21 homers and 89 RBI.
Anthony Ranaudo improved to 3-0 on Friday, limiting the Rays to three runs on five hits over his six innings of work.
Ranaudo was staked to an early eight-run lead in this one, and cruised to an easy win. He issued three walks and walked four on the evening, with most of the damage against him coming on a two-run homer by Brandon Guyer in the fifth inning. He’ll carry a 4.50 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 7/8 K/BB ratio into Wednesday’s start against the Yankees in New York.
Brandon Guyer paced the Rays offensive attack in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, going 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI.
Guyer was a late addition to the Rays lineup as Desmond Jennings was scratched minutes before the first pitch. He responded in a huge way though, and likely played his way into Saturday's lineup with the strong effort. For the season, he's now hitting .271/.342/.382 with three long balls and 24 RBI.