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Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Red Sox game

Published Aug. 9, 2017

It wasn't quite up to the "reverse lock" matchup in 1999 when Devil Rays journeyman starter Dave Eiland beat Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez, but Rays rookie Austin Pruitt dueled pretty well with Boston's Chris Sale, allowing just one run over six innings.

Steve Cishek and Dan Jennings get top mention when discussing the Rays' bullpen upgrades, but Sergio Romo showed he, too, can help, coming in to the 1-0 game and getting five big outs, having pitched previously to a 6.12 ERA with the Dodgers.

The Rays didn't have many opportunities with two hits, a walk and a man reaching on an error. And Steven Souza Jr. has had problems with Sox starter Chris Sale (1-for-17 with 12 Ks). But, still, bunting after Logan Morrison's leadoff walk in the seventh wasn't a good idea.