Rays smother Braves


    TAMPA Bay’s Hunter Renfroe swatted two home runs, including back-to-back shots with Joey Wendle in an eight-run fourth inning, as the Rays beat the Atlanta Braves 14-5 on Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    The Rays sent up 11 batters in the deciding frame against Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz (0-1) — using four hits, three walks and a hit batter to extend their winning streak to three games. The eight runs were Tampa Bay’s most in an inning since scoring nine in the first against Toronto on Oct. 4, 2015.

    Rays starter Tyler Glasnow fired four strong innings, striking out nine, walking two and allowing just a solo homer. Diego Castillo (1-0) worked a perfect fifth, and Tampa Bay pitchers recorded 19 strikeouts, setting a team record for the most in a nine-inning game.