The Red Sox edged over the Rays in a 7-5 win last night. Mike Napoli’s 7th inning home gave the lead back to the Red Sox after losing it.
The Rays scored first, walking and then singling into first and third. Then a walk by Logan Forsythe loaded the bases. Joey Butler grounded into a force out and lead runner Brandon Guyer scored. Evan Longoria made it safely to third, but Forsythe was out at second.
In the bottom of the 1st, Xander Bogaerts reached on a fielding error, by Logan Forsythe. Bogaerts went to second on Erasmo Ramirez’s wild pitch. Tim Beckham made another fielding error that made it first and third. Mike Napoli walked the bases loaded, and De Aza kept it that way with an RBI single. 1-1. Rusney Castillo then grounds into a force out, getting Ortiz at the plate. Blake Swihart knocked 2 runs in on a single the next at bat. 3-1 Sox.
The game stays action packed as recently called up Mikie Mahtook doubles. With two down, Brandon Guyer struck out, but on a wild pitch sending him to first and Mahtook to third. Steven Souza Jr. singles a run in. Then Evan longoria walks the bases loaded, but it doesn’t do it to tie things up. That inning, the Sox blow it with Brock Holt on second.
In the 3rd, Asdrubal Cabrera singles, and Mikie Mahtook singles him in. 1 run, 1 RBI for 2015 debuting Mikie Mahtook. the Red Sox struck again in the 5th. Holt singled, and Bogaerts advanced him to second. Then Napoli walked, and De Aza singled Holt in. In the 7th, the Rays struck. With 1st and second, John Jaso pinch hit doubled Mikie Mahtook in for his second run of the night. Joey Butler also scored from first, and Jaso went to third on a Blake Swihart error, and just like that it was 5-4 Rays. In the bottom of the inning, big Papi hit a ball just foul that could ave gone for a double. He ended up walking. Napoli hit his dinger to give the Sox a 6-5 lead.
For the most part, it was a quiet game after that. Blake Swihart douled, and scored on a wild pitch off Brandon Gomes followed by a Josh Rutledge single to extend the lead to 7-5, but that was it. Uehara got the save. The Red Sox beat the Rays 7-5, Junichi Tazawa the winning pitcher, Jake McGee the losing pitcher. Tampa Bay had 3 errors and the Red Sox had 2. A win today and it a winning streak. A 6-0 lead and Travis Shaw’s first career dinger after 4 innings looks good.