Rays sweep Sox, improve to MLB best 10-3
(View a photo gallery of the Rays' four-game sweep in Boston)
The Rays completed a staggering four-game sweep of the rival Red Sox in Boston with an 8-2 Patriots Day matinee win on Monday.
The victory extended their franchise-best start to an MLB best 10-3, including a perfect 7-0 on the road.
Jeff Niemann overcame the early game-time to deliver a strong start, allowing just five hits over seven innings. B.J. Upton again provided the power, with a three-run homer in the second inning, his fourth in the last five games. Jason Bartlett and Pat Burrell had three hits apiece.
The 10 wins were more than the Rays had in all of April last year, and it took them until May 6 to log their seventh road win.
It was the first time the Rays had swept the Sox in Boston in a series more than two games (which they did once, on June 30-July 1, 1999), It was the first time the Sox were swept in a four-game (or more) series at home since 2006, when the Yankees took five on Aug. 18-21.
The Rays are the first 10-game winners in the majors, and took over sole possession of first place with the Yankees off. With the loss, the Sox dropped to 4-9 and six games behind the Rays.