Tampa Bay's Cole Figueroa, right, celebrates his walk-off hit against the Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Friday. (Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times/MCT)
Rays hand Red Sox 8th straight loss
Center fielder Desmond Jennings began the decisive rally with a one-out walk against reliever Andrew Miller. Jennings stole his 11th base of the season on a pitchout, capitalizing on high throws from both new reliever Burke Badenhop and catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
Juan Carlos Oviedo picked up the win to improve to 1-0 and Miller fell to 1-3.
Rays starter Chris Archer set career highs in strikeouts (11) and pitches (119) but lasted just six innings, allowing six hits and four walks.
Red Sox starter John Lackey lasted a more efficient but eventful seven innings, working out of trouble in the sixth and seventh innings as the Rays placed runners in scoring position with one out.
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NOTES: Red Sox DH David Ortiz broke an 0-for-17 slide with a broken-bat, opposite-field single in the first inning, through a gaping hole in an exaggerated shift. ... Boston has used 38 different lineups in 46 games. ... Rays 3B Evan Longoria, again hitting out of the second spot in the order, had his first multi-hit game in 11 games.