ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jake Odorizzi rebounded from his worst start with a gem.
Ordorizzi and two pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-0 on Saturday night.Coming off a start Monday night in which he gave up a career-high eight runs over four innings in a 9-1 loss at Baltimore, Odorizzi (10-11) allowed a fourth-inning single to Will Middlebrooks, three walks and struck out seven over seven innings."He had a really good look about him," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Everything was working."Jeff Beliveau and Kirby Yates completed the one-hitter. Tampa Bay set a single-season team record with its 18th shutout this year.Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia was removed from the game in the second inning due to concussion-like symptoms. Pedroia was struck in the head by the arm of Logan Forsythe as the Rays infielder was sliding head-first into second while advancing on a flyball.Red Sox manager John Farrell said Pedroia was dizzy after the play, but improved as the game went on."He caught him with a good elbow to the left side of the head," Farrell said. "We'll take every precaution necessary with Dustin."Forsythe said the contact was unintentional."The only move that I made was to try to swim-move the tag to get out of the way," Forsythe said.James Loney had an RBI double during a three-run second off Allen Webster (3-3) that put the Rays ahead 3-0. Ben Zobrist made it 4-0 on his second run-scoring grounder of the game in the fourth.Tampa Bay went up 7-0 with a three-run fifth. Two runs scored when catcher David Ross was charged with an error for an off-target throw to first on Brandon Guyer's bunt single.Webster gave up six runs and five hits over four-plus innings.The Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh when Odorizzi walked three consecutive batters, but the right-hander worked out of trouble by getting a pop fly from Xander Bogaerts.The long seventh cost Odorizzi any chance for his first career complete game."Frustrating," he said.The start of the game was delayed 12 minutes after a series of stadium lights at Tropicana Field went out during a thunderstorm just before the scheduled first pitch. The Rays said the problem was caused by lightning striking a nearby electrical substation.TRAINER'S ROOMRed Sox: Bogaerts was activated from the seven-day concussion list. He missed six games after being hit in the head by a pitch from Seattle's Felix Hernandez August 22.Rays: CF Desmond Jennings was out of the lineup for the second straight game due to a sore left knee. He is not expected to start Sunday.MINOR MATTERSCuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, signed to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract a week ago, is scheduled to make his pro debut for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in Game 2 of the GCL championship series Sunday. The Red Sox can win the league title with a win over the GCL Yankees.MYERS MISERYRays OF Wil Myers was hitless in five at-bats and is just 6 for 42 since returning from a broken right wrist. He has struck out 16 times over the stretch.UP NEXTRed Sox RHP Clay Buchholz (5-8) and Rays RHP Alex Cobb (9-6) are the scheduled starters Sunday. Cobb is 7-0 with a 2.14 ERA over his last 11 starts.
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