DH Ramirez leaves game with left leg injury

Without David Ortiz's presence in the lineup, the Red Sox are counting on Moreland be produce a microcosm of what "Big Papi" did last season in his final season with Boston. Closing out the week, Steven Souza had 14 hits with eight RBI and seven runs, while Chris Dickerson held 13 hits with four runs and five RBI.

"The only mistake was the first pitch", Ramirez said.

The Red Sox announced Ramirez exited the game with a left hamstring cramp and is day-to-day. The Red Sox put runners on base in every inning but the sixth. Except for when it wasn't. More notably, he hit two three-run home runs in the game and drove in six runs.

The 32-year-old right-hander summed up the worst start of his career succinctly: "It was awful", Wright said. A shaky-if not at times dominating-performance by Drew Pomeranz dug Boston into an early hole. That brilliance is usually lost behind the volume of runs he allows, though. "I like that. I like being in those ones that I can be that guy that can get a "W" in those games". He picked up a home run and double in that one, mixing in a single later on just for good measure.

It's been a nagging problem for the Rays, who lead the major leagues in strikeouts with 139. That allowed Mitch Moreland - who opened the inning with his third hit of game, a single off loser Tommy Hunter (0-1) - to score.

Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run home run in the fourth to tie things up at four. To be fair, they've dealt with injuries, bereavement, and a flu epidemic to start the year.

Part of the success of last season's team was an offense that produced from top to bottom.

Well, they started to move in the right direction today.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a flawless ninth inning for his fourth save of the season Saturday in the Red Sox's win over the Rays. Last season, Ramirez hit.286 with 30 homers and 111 RBIs. Been an up-and-down year for him so far, but the potential is still there for a comeback. They kept that momentum moving today and went 5-for-13 in scoring situations.

Pirates 8, Cubs 7: Andrew McCutchen hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in a five-run seventh.

Danny Farquhar handle his business in relief in the 6th, but began to struggle in the 7th, giving up back to back singles to Benintendi and Betts and walked Hanley to load the bases.

Craig Kimbrel worked a flawless ninth for his fourth save, adding Boston's 14th and 15th strikeout of the game.

Blake Snell takes the mound on Monday for the Rays, and the 24-year-old southpaw has had better luck of late than has Wright. First pitch is set for 11:05 am.

  • Julie Sanders