Rays 3, Red Sox 4: Brad Miller error results in Rays loss

Mitch Moreland's hot start for Boston. But the Red Sox scratched out the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Sandy Leon's bases-loaded RBI groundout and held on for a 2-1 victory, Sale's first win with his new team. Rickie Weeks then drew a walk to load the bases, but Sale notched his fifth strikeout of the day to end the threat. If the Jays do eliminate themselves from the pennant race before the All-Star break, it would make things easier for everyone in the division. "Everything's just been a smooth transition".

Moreland, signed as a free agent to a $5.5 million, one-year deal, has gone 16 for 33 after opening hitless in 12 at-bats.

Wright (0-1, 13.50 ERA) served up a career-worst four homers and eight runs in 1 1/3 innings of a 12-5 loss to Baltimore last Monday for Boston, which emerged with a 7-5 win Sunday against Tampa Bay.

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

"You lose your pitcher basically before the second inning even starts", he said.

"It's a special day for the city, and I'm just excited to have that opportunity", he said.

Moreland's heroics helped erase a middling outing from Pomeranz, who walked the first two batters he faced before allowing a two-run triple to Brad Miller that Andrew Benintendi misjudged near the center field fence.

Christian Vazquez added an RBI double in the 8th inning to increase Boston's lead to 7-5.

Wright (1-1) allowed only one earned run and nine hits before being pulled after a leadoff single in the seventh. "I think he's carried that confidence he had last season into the first five games that he's been active". Hernandez is 3-for-3 in limited action against Snell.

Odorizzi, who grabbed his groin/hamstring area, winced after throwing a warmup pitch, which brought Rays manager Kevin Cash and training personnel out of the dugout. "We were able to push across a run late".

Ramirez reached on a walk and ran hard to second, taking the turn before he came up limping. But the best news for the Red Sox is that they'll visit Toronto for a three-game series starting Tuesday.

"Being here for a couple of weeks now and going through it, it's nice to get that one [win] over with and we can keep cruising", Sale said.

"It's worth the price of admission just to see him", manager John Farrell said.

Right-hander Chase Whitley was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Sunday.

Wright joined the Red Sox on Monday, April 15, the day of the Boston Marathon bombings. Having to do so after losing starter Jake Odorizzi one pitch into the second due to left-hamstring tightness that landed him on the disabled list exponentially exacerbated the challenge.

Erasmo Ramirez replaced Odorizzi after a prolonged delay since the righty reliever was unprepared to enter the game and relievers coming in after an injury receive as much time as they need to get warmed up.

  • Julie Sanders