Red Sox Bats Come Alive In Seventh To Get Win Over Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays hit a season high four homers including a Grand Slam by Logan Morrison en route to a 10-5 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Christian Vazquez ripped an RBI double in the eighth inning.

If only for a moment, there was worry about Chris Sale in Boston after he failed to tally a win in his first two starts in a Red Sox uniform. "It's been a smooth transition". Sandoval got it started with a two-run blast in the fourth to tie the game at 4-4.

After a recent absence because of the flu, Ramirez doubled during a three-run rally in the eighth inning Thursday that sent the Red Sox over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3. Moreland drove an 0-1 cutter for an opposite-field single to left, plating two.

"Generally when you lose a guy like that, those games can spiral out of control", Cash said. Later, one was moved to manager Kevin Cash's office before batting practice. "We had a few opportunities but were unable to hold the lead". After two warmup pitches, he walked slowly off the mound.

Joe Kelly (2-0) allowed one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings, and Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a flawless ninth for his fifth save. Porcello has gone at least six innings in 20 consecutive starts, the majors' longest active streak. The lineup broke out for seven runs on sixteen hits and chased Rays' starter Alex Cobb after just five innings. It's the first time in 89 career starts he failed to record a strikeout.

It's a bottom-line business, and you have every right to say they still lost, so why does it matter?

Former New Hampshire Fisher Cat Danny Farquhar (0-1) took the loss. His final line of 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 10 SO, 2 BB, 2 HR paints a confusing picture. Pomeranz departed two batters later.

Key for the Red Sox offense this year has been Mitch Moreland, with 14 hits and seven runs closing out the week, and Dustin Pedroia, who had 13 hits and five RBI in that same span. Pedroia whiffed 0-for-5 on Sunday, but Moreland bagged two hits and three RBI. Initial diagnosis was nothing more than a cramp, and Ramirez's left hamstring began to loosen by the time the Sox finished off another come-from-behind win. "He's fine. We anticipate this will be a short stay". They ranked 18th in runs scored and dead last in home runs following yesterday's victory. He's given up just three runs in 212/3 innings.

Dickerson homered to deep center in the fourth to pad the Rays' lead.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said, "The maintenance for a knuckleballer is to try and deaden spin, and that's where the focus and emphasis has been".

Odorizzi winced and reached for his left leg after throwing a ball to Boston Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland.

  • Julie Sanders