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Boston swept the Tuesday doubleheader over Tampa Bay as it allowed just two runs total to make it four straight wins at home. I expect that to come to an end tonight however despite the recent dominance over the Rays.
Ryan Dempster has tossed four straight quality outings but Boston has only two wins to show for it and that has been the story all season. His inconsistency has been an issue which is one of the main reasons the Red Sox are just 6-8 in his 14 starts despite giving him an average of 5.0 rpg. They have actually given him more runs at home but he is just 3-5 with Boston going 4-6 in those 10 starts. The Rays are struggling not only against Boston but against everyone it seems of late as they are just 2-8 over their last 10 games. The offense has been the problem most recently as Tampa Bay has scored three runs or less in six of its last seven games but I see a breakout here behind Jeremy Hellickson. The Rays have given him 5.9 rpg this season of support and that is a big reason they are 7-7 in his 14 starts despite his 5.67 ERA. He has been all over the place and he is coming off a game where he allowed eight runs against Kansas City. The last time he allowed eight runs in an outing, he bounced back with a quality performance in his next start. He has allowed three runs or less in nine of his last 10 starts against Boston and the Rays are 4-1 in his last five starts against teams with a winning record. Play (967) Tampa Bay Rays