Jeff Niemann vs Jon Lester Tilt Ends in Tampa Bay 4-3 Win
Boston dropped a 4-3 decision at Fenway Park on Saturday as Tampa Bay legged out a win behind winning pitcher Jeff Niemann.
Tampa Bay was an underdog by +160 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 8.5.
Jeff Niemann earned the victory for the Rays, throwing 5 innings of work, striking out 6, walking 2, and allowing 4 hits and 2 earned runs. That effort was supported by 2 RBIs from Ben Zobrist in the win.
Boston got a 7-inning outing from Jon Lester in the loss. He gave up 4 earned runs, 4 walks and 5 hits in his time on the mound, while Mike Aviles had 3 hits in the loss for the Red Sox.
Boston outhit their counterparts 7-6 in the game.
Joel Peralta pitched the final 1 inning for the save. He struck out 2 and allowed 1 hit in his outing.