For starters: Rays at Red Sox, trying to snap a skid

Tuesday, 10 Apr, 2018

The All-star entered Sunday's game hitting.371 with two homers and nine RBI for a Boston squad that's off to one of its best starts in franchise history.

If there was ever a time to hang their heads, this was it for the Red Sox.

After losing Game 1 in St.Petersburg to the Rays, who staged their own devastating six-run eighth that day, it's as if the Red Sox awoke to the reality that they were standing over a barrel of helpless fish.

The Rays haven't won since opening day, the first team to win one and lose the next seven since the 2005 Rockies, and the first in the AL since their 2001 Devil Rays brethren.

Kimbrel shut the door in the ninth inning.

On an afternoon with a first-pitch temperature of 36 degrees and a 10 miles per hour wind blowing straight in, the teams combined for just five hits - all singles - and none after the third inning. The Rays got to the lefty in the second, however. Rodriguez fielded the ball and appeared to throw out Duffy, but it was reviewed and overturned, giving the Rays runners on first and second with one out.

Leonys Martin blooped a single off Reynaldo Lopez (0-1) starting the game, stole second, advanced on Welington Castillo's passed ball and came home on Miguel Cabrera's sacrifice fly.

Denard Span is 14-for-38 (.368) against the veteran right-hander, but Wilson Ramos is 1-for-10 (.100), Adeiny Hechavarria 3-for-16 (.188) and Mallex Smith 3-for-14 (.214). Rodriguez got the next hitter to line out before being pulled with two outs in the fourth inning.

J.D. Martinez (1-for-2, walk) hit a solo shot for his first home run as a Red Sox and drove in two runs while Rafael Devers (2-for-3, walk) added a solo blast and had two RBIs. He drove in a career-high six runs in Saturday's 10-3 win over the Rays. He got pushed out of the game in the fourth after allowing three runs and five hits.

He also struck out five times in the Yankees' 11-4 win over the Rays.

Brad Peacock pitched a flawless ninth for his first save this season.

Cora stressed infielders who stayed back at JetBlue Park and didn't travel to certain spring training road games worked hard with major league coach Ramon Vazquez as well as the Double-A and Triple-A coaching staffs. The next hitter, Andrew Benintendi, hit a double to center to bring Betts home.

- Boston cut into the lead in the fifth when the Sox loaded the bases in front of Benintendi. Holt flied out for the inning's second out.

The eighth inning has been a problem for Boston so far.

They're also charged with teaching a Red Sox team how to lose.

Bogaerts' two-run double helped erase a 2-0 deficit during a four-run first.

Robertson pitched 1 2/3 flawless innings and began his fifth appearance with runners at second and third after Adam Warren allowed a double down the right-field line to Trey Mancini.

TWEET OF THE GAMEWhat a rally.

Baltimore overcame a 5-0, first-inning deficit to take three of four in NY following a five-game losing streak. Chris Sale will get the ball for Boston and will be opposed by Luis Severino.

ST. LOUIS - Arizona manager Torey Lovullo set off a benches-clearing incident by maintaining eight-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was earning unwarranted strike calls with his pitch framing.