Benintendi leads Red Sox over Rays 4-3 on Patriots' Day

"He's worth the price of admission just to see him", manager John Farrell said after his team improved to 6-5.

The game was a makeup from a rainout in the opening series.

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Odorizzi, a right-hander, was coming off a solid start April 9 in which he gave up two runs and two hits in six innings against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.

And when the ninth inning arrived, with the Red Sox holding a one-run lead, it was Kimbrel who jogged out of the bullpen, unleashed 15 pitches and struck out the side to save a 4-3 victory, the Red Sox's third win in a row.

Ramirez pulled up limping after rounding second base on Mitch Moreland's go-ahead, two-run single.

Benintendi followed with a two-run single and Betts tacked on a run with a hard-hit grounder to left, making it 4-2.

"The only mistake was the first pitch", Ramirez said. "The thing is Hanley came out on top". The major league record is eight by Derrek Lee (2007) and Yadier Molina (2016). "But if I do something good, I want to know what I did so that I can repeat it, and if I do something bad I want to know so I can try not to repeat it", Wright said. He finished second in AL MVP voting last year and he's only 24 years old.

Sale (1-1) allowed one run on three hits with three walks, striking out seven of the last nine batters he faced.

The Rays limped through the final game of their homestand, losing six of the seven games to ruin a good start. He gave up four homers over 1 1/3 innings in his previous start. As a team, they hold the second-highest batting average in the entire league, trailing only the Washington Nationals. Just look at the 2013 team, every time the team was down, they were never counted out. Strike three provides no sacrifice flies, no slow rollers that allow runners to advance and no opportunities for opposing fielders to make errors. He was out with the flu.

While Farrell's faith in hard-throwing Joe Kelly appears to have waned, he had enough confidence in right-hander Ben Taylor to bring him into a two-on, two-out spot in the seventh inning.

Lefty Xavier Cedeno came in to relieve Hunter and induced a first-pitch Sandy Leon groundout to second base that scored Moreland from third and put the Red Sox up 2-1. The Pirates were 1-8 at Wrigley Field last season, but Cole is 8-2 in his career against the Cubs.

Boston Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval, right, watches the flight of his two-run home run as Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre, left, looks on in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston.



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