Hunter Renfroe hit two homers and drove in three runs, and Mike Zunino hit a three-run shot over the Green Monster as the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the struggling Boston Red Sox 17-5 on Thursday to complete a four-game series sweep.
"The whole series, the guys were tremendous," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "That's not an easy thing to do, to sweep a team like the Red Sox."
It was the sixth straight win for the Rays, who posted their eighth consecutive victory at Fenway Park.
Brandon Lowe added a solo homer during a five-run third inning that chased starter Kyle Hart, making his major league debut.
"Mentally it was a little bit of a draining day," Hart said. "Obviously the results not even close to what I envisioned."
Manuel Margot had his second four-hit game of the series, Willy Adames had three hits and two RBI, and Yoshi Tsutsugo had two hits and two RBI for the Rays, who posted season highs in runs and hits (19).
New York 8, Washington 2: Tomas Nido had his first two-homer game as a pro, hitting a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a grand slam in the fifth to lead the Mets over the host Nationals. New York left fielder Jeff McNeil was carted off the field after crashing into a wall while robbing Asdrubal Cabrera of a two-run extra-base hit in the first inning. Mets manager Luis Rojas said X-rays and an MRI on McNeil's left knee were negative.
Pittsburgh 9, Cincinnati 6: Adam Frazier and Colin Moran hit homers in the first inning and Gregory Polanco led off the second with another long ball as the visiting Pirates built a 9-0 in beating the Reds at home. Pittsburgh had not played the past three days; its series in St. Louis was called off because of the Cardinals' COVID-19 outbreak.
Chicago 4, Milwaukee 1: Yu Darvish gave up only one hit in seven innings — Justin Smoak's one-out homer in the seventh — and struck out 11 as the Cubs beat the Brewers at Wrigley Field. Smoak also had an RBI double in the ninth.
Los Angeles 11, San Diego 2: Mookie Betts hit three homers and had five RBI for the host Dodgers. With the sixth three-homer game of his career, Betts matched a major league record held by Sammy Sosa and Hall of Famer Johnny Mize.
Baltimore 11, Philadelphia 4: Pedro Severino and Rio Ruiz hit homers to back Thomas Eshelman and the Orioles beat the host Phillies to complete a three-game sweep. Eshelman allowed two runs and four hits in five innings to earn his second career win. The righthander was Philadelphia's minor league pitcher of the year in 2017 but was traded to Baltimore last year. Phillies starter Jake Arrieta gave up four runs and seven hits in 4⅔ innings. J.T. Realmuto hit a pair of two-run homers for Philadelphia.