Sox Win Third Straight, Beat Rays 4-3
The Boston Red Sox made it three wins in a row as they took home a 4-3 victory on Patriots’ Day.
Steven Wright started the game off on shaky ground as he allowed two runs, but would settle down through the next five frames and completed six innings of nine-hit ball. One of the three runs charged to Wright were earned. The Sox relievers would allow just one inherited runner to score and shut down the Rays the rest of the way, including Ben Taylor getting two outs in the seventh inning with the bases loaded. Taylor was demoted after the game to make room for Brian Johnson, who will start on Tuesday
Craig Kimbrel came into the ninth inning and pitched in his third straight game. He would strike-out the side for his sixth save of the season.
Boston was led in offense by Andrew Benintendi who went 3-4 with 2 runs batted in, while Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez also drove in runs for the Sox. The Sox would score all four of their runs in the first two innings of play and tallied nine total hits.
The Red Sox are now 8-5 on the season and won three out of four this series versus the Tampa Bay Rays. They next head north of the border to face the Toronto Blue Jays for a three game series beginning on Tuesday night. Brian Johnson is set to make his 2017 debut as he will be opposed by Marcus Stroman in the first game of the series.