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Tampa Bay Rays tie modern era MLB record with 13–0 start to season

The Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 9–3 Thursday, and with the win tied Major League Baseball’s post-1900 record for 13 consecutive wins at a season’s start. Tampa Bay matched the 13–0 start of the 1982 Atlanta Braves and ’87 Milwaukee Brewers. The only longer opening streak was a 20–0 start by the 1884 St. Louis Maroons of the Union Association.

In addition, the Rays have won all but one of the 13 games by four or more runs, and have outscored opponents 101–30 with the most runs in the big leagues and the fewest allowed. The 13th consecutive win also sets a new franchise record, surpassing the 2004 Rays, who won 12 straight from June 9 – 22.

The Rays will next travel to Toronto to face the Toronto Blue Jays for this weekend’s series.  The Rays will send Drew Rasmussen (2-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound opposite José Berríos, who has struggled in both of his starts this season and is 0-2 with an 11.17 ERA.

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