Chris Sale showing flashes of Pedro Martinez in Boston start

Chris Sale was dominant with 12 strikeouts over seven innings for his first victory with Boston, and Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer as the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Saturday.

The win ends the Rays four game losing streak against the Red Sox and moves them back ahead of even at 6-5 on the year. Materia rescued Sdoia after the explosions and the couple are now engaged to be married.

But Cobb gave up two in his first, the victim of some not particularly hard-hit but well-placed - especially against the Rays' shift - balls by the Red Sox. The players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. The rookie allowed a single, scoring a run (credited to Wright) but then got a flyout get out of the inning.

"You want to pitch in those late innings, tight-ballgame roles", Hembree said. "I think he's carried that confidence he had last season into the first five games that he's been active".

Sure, you can blast them for striking out 15 times overall. "I look forward to that challenge".

Moreland then finished it off with a two-run single in the seventh to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead. Yes, eight. Had he had just an ounce more of control the Cardinals likely win a game they lost.

Tampa Bay lefty Blake Snell (0-2) was tagged for four runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts over five innings in his first career start at Fenway. The Rays used four relievers.

"Hopefully it kind of gets the momentum going forward that we can be in the game with whoever is on the mound when they're at their best".

"I think he's carried what he did a year ago into this season despite missing the four games in Detroit", Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Sandy Leon's groundout plated the tiebreaking run in the seventh. His last time out was on the 12th in NY against the Yankees where he taken out of the game with two outs in the fifth inning, having allowed two runs - none earned - on two hits, while he walked three and struck out one.

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

Last season, Ramirez turned in one of his best offensive seasons in recent memory as he generated a.281/.361/.506 slash line and parlayed it with 30 home runs, which marked his highest total since 2008, the same season he made his first ever All-Star appearance.

"I'm more concerned just that we didn't perform like we need to perform when we go on road trips", Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. "I expected he was going to swing at the first one".

Hanley Ramirez's RBI single in the bottom half cut the lead in half.

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. "We have that system at home", Cash said.

  • Julie Sanders