Blake Snell picks up the loss as Tampa Bay loses on Monday

Steven Wright was coming off a disastrous performance in which he gave up 6 first inning runs to Baltimore, and while he wasn't that bad, he wasn't good, either. Overall, Snell's command was much better on Monday as he walked just two batters while striking out five. "Today was certainly a positive step for him".

With a walk and back-to-back singles from the top of the order, the Red Sox cashed in for three unearned runs that made all the difference in yesterday's 4-3 win in front of a show-up-early, stay-to-the-end packed house at Fenway Park.

Betts extended his streak of plate appearances without a strikeout to 123, the longest active streak in the majors and the longest by a Red Sox hitter since Denny Doyle (159) in 1975.

Sale struck out 12 batters, including five in a row during a stretch in which he retired the final 10 batters he faced. Craig Kimbrel, pitching for the third straight day, notched his third straight save, and 25th straight dating back to last season.

Benintendi had three singles in the 11:05 a.m. start, which coincides with the Boston Marathon, and the Red Sox won their third straight after losing the opener of the four-game series. The count went to 2-0 toLongoria, but Barnes got him to hit into a double play. "It is such a big deal for the Red Sox in more ways than one", Wright told MLB.com.

"I'll just take it as any other start", Wright said. "Some situations that I put myself into or things didn't go your way happened".

Porcello (1-1) had never allowed more than three homers in a game.

"We definitely feel that way, without a doubt", Cash said.

A grounder to first that yielded only one out (when Hunter was slow covering first) and a walk left the Sox with the bases loaded.

"Chris Sale dominant, strong, any adjective you want to attach to it", Farrell said. They'll eventually come around, it just might be too late by then. And the lefty-hitting first baseman singled in the game-winner against a lefty Sunday. Welcome to Patriot's Day in Boston.

Kimbrel has experienced some bumps in the road since joining Boston in November 2015, posting a 2-6 record with a 3.40 ERA last season while battling a knee injury.

NOTES: The Red Sox honored the fourth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing in a pregame ceremony. Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez was placed on paternity leave after the birth of his son on Easter Sunday.

Peterson, called up from Triple-A before the game, hooked a drive around the Pesky Pole in right, making it 2-0 in the second.

"He's probably in the best spot he's been from a delivery standpoint in the year-plus that he's been here", manager John Farrell told reporters in a postgame press conference aired on NESN. Boston RF Mookie Betts was presented with his 2016 Silver Slugger, Gold Glove and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year awards in a pregame ceremony. Even with a loss and a no-decision, he's maintained an impressive 1.25 ERA through his first three starts of the season.

  • Julie Sanders