Justin Masterson

Wednesday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Justin Masterson vs. Alex Colome

May 06, 2015 - 6:24 am

In the final game of the Red Sox' disappointing homestand, Justin Masterson will take the mound while Alex Colome will start for the Rays. Masterson (2-0) last got the ball on Friday when the Red Sox fell to the Yankees, 3-2, on an eighth-inning home run from Alex Rodriguez, his 660th, tying Willie Mays for the fourth most in MLB history. Masterson was not responsible for the go-ahead run, as the right-hander tossed six innings, giving up two runs on six hits with a pair of strikeouts. Masterson also walked three in the outing, but the result lowered his ERA to 4.71 on the year. That campaign marked the third in a row in which he did not allow more than three runs. In those three starts, Masterson has an ERA of 3.00 and allowed 16 hits with 11 strikeouts and seven walks. Batters also hit .235/.321/.412 against him in that time as he gave up a home run, seven doubles and a triple in 68 at-bats. Now, through five starts and 28 2/3 innings, Masterson has a WHIP of 1.36 and is holding batters to a .245/.339/.364 slash line. With 22 strikeouts on the year, he is averaging 6.9 K's per nine innings and has a 1.83 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Masterson has a career 6.83 ERA vs. the Rays, his worst mark against any American League team. In 10 career starts vs. Tampa Bay, Masterson is 2-6 with a 7.07 ERA. Colome, who began his season last week because of visa problems in addition to contracting pneumonia during spring training, tossed five innings Friday and held the Orioles to three hits. The Dominican right-hander struck out six and kept the O's from crossing the plate en route to a 2-0 Rays victory, giving him a 1-0 record with a 0.00 ERA on the year. "I can't say enough about what he did," Rays manager Kevin Cash said after Colome's outing. "First start back, he looked pretty dominant, for sure. Gave us five really good innings, then we handed it over to the bullpen, and they did what they've been doing throughout the course of the year." Though Colome, in his third year in the majors but with just nine appearances under his belt, has never faced the Red Sox before, he has at least a brief resume against other AL East teams. His most recent campaign against Baltimore was the second of his career, as he also faced them last year and gave up one run through 5 2/3 innings. Colome hasn't seen the Yankees this season, but he's pitched against them twice, once in 2013 and once in 2014. He's allowed New York zero earned runs, three total, through 11 innings and has yet to earn a decision opposite the Yankees. In regards to the Blue Jays, Colome has a 4.50 ERA in one start, giving up two runs through four innings on three hits. Colome, 26, has never lost a road start in his brief career, going 3-0 with an impressive 0.41 ERA in four starts (not including Friday's shutout of the Orioles which was played in Florida but technically was an O's home game). Rays vs. Masterson (RHP) Evan Longoria (26 plate appearances): .304 AVG/.385 OBP/.478 SLG, 1 double, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts David DeJesus (13): .182/.308/.455, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Asdrubal Cabrera (5): .600/.600/1.000, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout James Loney (3): .000/.333/.00, 1 walk Red Sox vs. Colome (RHP) No current members of the Red Sox have faced Colome.