ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Randy Arozarena became the first player to hit a home run and fly at home in a playoff game, and rookie Shane McClanahan pitched the Tampa Bay Rays past the Red Sox in Boston 5-0 in their first game of the AL Division series. .
Last year’s October star, Arozarena had a breathtaking run for the home’s first straight playoff steal since Jackie Robinson made it for the Brooklyn Dodgers against Yogi Berra and the Yankees from New York in the 1955 World Series, according to FS1.
Nelson Cruz also had a home run – on a podium at Tropicana Field – and McClanahan pitched five stellar rounds for the AL East champion Rays.
Wander Franco put Tampa Bay ahead with an RBI brace in the first and scored on a Yandy Diaz RBI single later in the set. Randy Arozarena added a solo circuit and stole the house.
The Red Sox loaded goals against JP Feyereisen in the eighth inning before the Tampa reliever fanned Rafael Devers and pulled Hunter Renfroe on a popup for the final.
Rays starter and winner Shane McClanahan allowed five hits and no walks in five innings.
Losing pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez only lasted 1 2/3 of an inning, allowing two runs, two hits and two walks.
Game 2 will take place in Saint Petersburg on Friday. Pitcher Chris Sale will try to help the Red Sox even in the series. Rookie Shane Baz will start for Tampa Bay.
LOOK: 50 images of winning moments in the history of sport
Sometimes pictures are the best way to honor the numbers we have lost. When tragedy quickly reminds us that sport is far from the most important thing in life, we can always look back on the winning moment of an athlete who seemed larger than life to us, remaining grateful for their sacrifice. on the ground and bringing joy to millions of people.
Read on to explore the full collection of 50 images compiled by Stacker, showcasing various iconic moments in sports history. Covering the accomplishments of a multitude of sports, these images depict stunning personal achievements, team championships and athletic perseverance.