Monday, 16 October, 2017

Moreland's 2-run single leads Red Sox over Rays 7-5

Tampa Bay Rays' Chris Archer pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston Friday Moreland's 2-run single leads Red Sox over Rays 7-5
Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 16:59

But know this: Given what they were up against Saturday, they put up a heck of a fight in losing to the Red Sox 2-1. Getting the proverbial monkey off your back, I guess, is nice. Mookie betts would follow up with a single to extend Boston's lead to 4-2 in the inning. The Rays have also struck out at least 11 times in five of those six games.

"The one thing coming out of spring training that he showed us was that in RBI situations he didn't panic, he used the whole field, he had a pretty good plan at the plate, he wasn't overaggressive, and that was the case again today on a cutter from Cedeno that stayed up", said Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Coming up early on Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox will be finishing up their Major League Baseball series.

Steven Wright's First Annual Home Run Derby with the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night was fun and all, but it's concerning, even if Porcello liked the act (he did his best to duplicate the debacle two days later against the Tampa Bay Rays). The Red Sox meanwhile have improved to 7-5 and are now 3rd in the division with the Rays trailing a game and half behind.

Dickerson made manager Kevin Cash look smart for putting him in the lineup ahead of Peter Bourjos against the lefty Pormeranz when he homered to center in the fourth, making it 4-2.

In 2016, Wright was one of those pitchers that you didn't want to let get settled in as he struggled the first time through the order but rebounded to dominate the rest of the game.

When at last they reached Kenmore Square on Monday, the runners of the 121st Boston Marathon had to find one more burst of energy to get them through the final three-quarters of a mile to the finish line. The count went to 2-0 toLongoria, but Barnes got him to hit into a double play.

Craig Kimbrel worked a ideal ninth for his fourth save, adding Boston's 14th and 15th strikeout of the game. Odorizzi appeared to try to stretch and then threw two warmup pitches, but was unable to continue and walked off the mound. Before that, their worst start was 2-8 to open the 1978 season, which was their second year of Major League existence.

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

In each of Sale's three starts the Red Sox have done very little offensively, collecting only three total runs. He gave up a leadoff single in the first and then retired three straight batters. "I was fortunate to have Wake here, worked a lot", Wright said. "Everybody kind of takes notice". We've got to lengthen ourselves out. Boston finally had some early runs for Sale, and they were facing a Rays bullpen that was not expecting to be in the game at this point.

Their last Patriots Day meeting between the teams came on the day of the infamous Boston Marathon bombing, which claimed the lives of three spectators and two law enforcement officials.

Cash, whose team has lost four of its last five to drop to 6-6, said Chase Whitley would be brought up from the minors and added he didn't expect Odorizzi to be out long.