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Kristopher Love | 19 April, 2017, 07:18

With any support at all, Chris Sale could be 3-0 with his new team.

You'd think bringing in Chris Sale and returning the reigning Cy Young victor in Rick Porcello would prevent pitching problems for the Red Sox, at least for a little while.

Steven Wright hopes his knuckleball wakes up before Tampa Bay's hitters do when the Boston Red Sox host the Rays in the annual Patriots Day game on Monday morning at Fenway Park.

The Rays are now in fourth place in AL East. Getting the proverbial monkey off your back, I guess, is nice. "When you have that, you get pretty comfortable, pretty quick".

The only run off Sale came in the third inning, on a two-out RBI single by Evan Longoria, who came to the plate 1-for-22 lifetime with eight strikeouts against Sale. And his team pushed across the third run of support they've given him, this one allowing him to get to 1-1.

Joe Kelly (2-0) allowed one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings, and Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a ideal ninth for his fifth save.

"Any time you make a mistake, you want to keep fighting and keep battling", Miller said. "To come out down one, it's a tough game, but I thought we played well". "To tack on some runs late, to take some leads".

The Red Sox have now won three straight games and improve to 8-5 on the season.

Boston native Alex Cobb allowed four runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out none in five innings.

Odorizzi left the game after throwing his first pitch in the second inning, trying two warmup pitches before departing.

But the manager said, "Once he got through that inning, he got stronger as the game went along".

Reds 7, Brewers 5: Jesse Winker doubled in the go-ahead runs with his first big league hit, and Cincy overcame two more homers by Eric Thames.

Rays: Odorizzi bent down in apparent pain after the pitch and threw two warmup pitches in front of manager Cash and a trainer before walking off slowly.

The Tampa Bay Rays watch from the dug out during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Monday, April 17, 2017, in Boston.

Peterson also had an RBI single.

Moreland, like Sale, is new to the team, and he was happy the new ace got his first win.

Tampa Bay pounced on Pomeranz for three runs in the first.

The bullpen responded nicely, led by Joe Kelly (2-0), who picked up the victory.

Craig Kimbrel worked a flawless ninth for his fourth save, adding Boston's 14th and 15th strikeouts of the game. Porcello has gone at least six innings in 20 consecutive starts, the majors' longest active streak.

"He was sharp. He was powerful", Farrell said of his closer.

Rays: Put OF Mallex Smith on the 10-day disabled list with right hamstring tightness and recalled Peterson from Triple-A.

Archer retired nine of the first 10 batters but faced a bases-loaded two-out jam in the fourth.

"The one thing that's starting to show is that we've come from behind a number of games already", he said.

Matt Barnes (2-0) worked one inning of hitless relief.