Zach Eflin earned his sixth win with seven strong innings, and Yandy Diaz returned from missing four games with three hits, including his 11th home run of the season, as the Tampa Bay Rays earned a series win over the Milwaukee Brewers with a 8-4 win in Saturday’s middle game of their three-game series.
Diaz would ground out in his first at-bat in the bottom of the first against Brewers starter Eric Lauer, but Harold Ramirez would give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead later in the frame with his seventh home run of the season, taking Lauer to the opposite field.
The Rays would extend the lead an inning later thanks to a walk to Taylor Walls and a base hit from Manuel Margot, and after Jose Siri struck out, Diaz would blast a Lauer pitch over the fence in straightaway center field for a three-run homer and a 4-0 advantage.
Eflin would allow a solo homer to Owen Miller in the third, and a two-run blast to Brian Anderson an inning later, but Christian Bethancourt gave Tampa Bay some breathing room leading off the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer to center, his seventh of the year, and Margot’s RBI single later in the inning re-established a three-run lead.
Tampa Bay can finish off a three-game sweep of the Brewers Sunday afternoon with a victory in the series finale. Jalen Beeks (1-2, 4.70 ERA) is scheduled to open against Freddy Peralta (4-3, 4.11 ERA). FIrst pitch is scheduled for 1:40.