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Red Sox score 3 in ninth to beat Rays

Field Level Media
May 23. 2018 11:55PM

Boston's Rafael Devers scores on a wild pitch during the ninth inning of the Red Sox' 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Wednesday night. (USA TODAY Sports)



Xander Bogaerts drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and the Boston Red Sox stayed hot with a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

With the score tied 1-1, Bogaerts doubled off Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome, scoring J.D. Martinez, who reached base on a throwing error by shortstop Willy Adames to lead off the inning.

The Red Sox tacked on two insurance runs in the inning. Eduardo Nunez hit sacrifice fly, and Rafael Devers scored on a passed ball to lead Boston to its fourth win in row.

The Red Sox have won six of seven overall.

The game featured a quality pitching matchup between Boston’s David Price and Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer. Price surrendered one run on three hits with nine strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Archer allowed one run on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks in six innings.

The Red Sox put together a two-out threat in the fifth inning. Nunez singled off Archer. Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a double to center field. Nunez tried to come all the way around to score but didn’t slide and was tagged out by Rays catcher Jesus Sucre to keep the game scoreless.

The Red Sox finally got to Archer in the sixth inning. Christian Vazquez led off the inning with a single. Archer then walked Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi to load the bases. Archer limited the damage by inducing Hanley Ramirez to ground into a double play, but Vazquez scored on the play to give Boston a 1-0 lead.

The way Price was going, it looked as if one run might be enough. However, the Rays answered right back in the bottom of the sixth. Denard Span drew a leadoff walk and scored on C.J. Cron’s RBI double off the center field wall.

The Red Sox will send Rick Porcello to the mound tonight in the series finale. The Rays will counter with Blake Snell.

No, thanks to Derby

Betts and Martinez are neck and neck atop the major league home run leaderboard, but neither has any interest in competing in this summer’s Home Run Derby at Nationals Park.

“Hell no,” Betts told the Boston Globe when asked if he’d partake. “I don’t hit home runs in (batting practice). I’m not that kind of hitter.”

Martinez, meanwhile, says his negative feelings toward the event have to do with him not being chosen for it in 2015, when he entered the All-Star break with 25 home runs for the Detroit Tigers.

“MLB didn’t want me,” Martinez said. “I figured I’d have the option of doing it and they said no. I was like, ‘Forget it. I’ll never do it.’”

Betts entered Wednesday in sole possession of first place in the majors with 16 home runs. Martinez was right behind him with 15.

, tied with the Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper and Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado.

The Home Run Derby’s stock took a hit Tuesday when defending champion Aaron Judge of the Yankees reiterated to the New York Post that he won’t be taking part in the event, which is scheduled for July 16.


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