With any support at all, Chris Sale could be 3-0 with his new team. He's a now Sox special assistant, and win or lose, Wakefield serves as Wright's sounding board.
Andrew Benintendi (Arkansas Razorbacks) backed Wright with a go-ahead, two-run single as Boston scored three unearned runs following a dropped throw by second baseman Brad Miller, and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Monday in the annual Patriots' Day game.
"This is really a fun place to pitch". "Getting, I guess, the proverbial monkey off your back is nice. When you have that, you get pretty comfortable, pretty quick".
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"Chris Sale: dominant, strong, any adjective you want to attach to it", Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Sandy Leon's broken-bat, bases-loaded ground out pushed across the tiebreaking run in the seventh. "So you go in and kind of bounce some things off of him", he said. He needed 15 pitches to get through the frame. "And we had every opportunity to win that game".
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.
Tampa Bay is also 0-6 in their last six Monday games, and 1-6 in Snell's last seven road starts. Moreland led off the inning with a single through the middle, putting him a triple shy of the cycle.
Now he joins Martinez in 1998 as the only Red Sox pitchers since 1913 to pitch at least seven innings, give up no more than two runs and strike out at least seven batters in his first three games of a season.
RAYS KEY TRENDS: The Rays have lost five of their last six games overall and are just 1-5 in their last six divisional games.
But the spirit they showed in staying in the game, from the tremendous effort of Erasmo Ramirez and the rest of the bullpen to the chances they created - even though they didn't cash in - was a promising sign of the fight, after splitting their first 12 games despite a slew of injuries, they can put up for the next 150. The count went to 2-0 toLongoria, but Barnes got him to hit into a double play.
Craig Kimbrel entered the game in the top of the ninth, attempting to notch his fourth save of the season. He notched his 23rd straight save, the longest current streak in baseball.
"Today also has a great significance in Boston of what happened four years ago today", Farrell said.
There's little reason to ever worry when Sale takes the mound, and he made sure we knew that was still the case in this one when he started off the contest by striking out Steven Souza with one of his wicked sliders. We've got to lengthen ourselves out.
We've already surpassed the 10-game mark to begin the 2017 Major League Baseball season. RHP Ben Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
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.