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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.– Isaac Paredes struck a grand slam throughout Tampa Bay’s six-run 2nd inning, and the Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5 on Friday night to extend their season-opening win streak to 7 video games.
The Rays have actually now won each of their very first 7 video games by 4 or more runs, the longest such streak in American and National League history, according to ESPN’s Stats & & Information. The Rays are likewise the 5th group given that 2000 to begin a season 7-0.
Harold Ramírez, Manuel Margot, Christian Bethancourt and Wander Franco likewise homered for Tampa Bay. The Rays’ 18 homers are the most through 7 video games in group history.
“Can we keep it up?” Rays supervisor Kevin Cash stated with a laugh. “I believe we’ve got to be really happy with everyone in the lineup is contributing.”
Tampa Bay’s Zach Eflin (2-0), who signed a $40 million, three-year agreement in the offseason, quit 3 runs over 6 innings. The offer was the biggest complimentary representative arrangement in franchise history.
“What an amazing video game, getting that big six-run inning,” Eflin stated. “Kind of let me coast a bit. Simply an excellent night.”
Eflin remained in the video game after Ramon Laureano’s infield single in the 6th went off his foot. The right-hander began a clever inning-ending 1-6-3 double play on the next pitch to Jace Peterson.
Oakland got solo homers from Ryan Noda and Shea Langeliers. The Athletics have actually lost 5 of 7.
Ramírez had a leadoff homer and Paredes went deep off Ken Waldichuk (0-2) in the 2nd as the Rays increased 6-1. Waldichuk strolled 3 in the inning however tape-recorded successive strikeouts prior to Paredes linked on his 2nd profession slam.
Tampa Bay opened an 8-2 lead on third-inning homers by Margot and Bethancourt.
The Rays have actually outscored their challengers 53-17 this season. With 5 crowning achievement on Friday, the Rays are the 6th group in big league history with 18 crowning achievement in their very first 7 video games of the season.