Red Sox look to finish sweep of Rays

Brenda Watkins
April 9, 2018

Tampa settled on Yonny Chirinos as regular starter after the rookie pitched five shutout innings Thursday and chose to push Chris Archer back to Monday in Chicago, creating the need for another bullpen start.

The team announced during the game that the shortstop was being evaluated further. "This is a very loose team, a loose clubhouse". "Nobody say nothing, '" Brock Holt said. Porcello picked up the win in his last start, which came last Saturday on the road against Tampa Bay. With that money, they can afford great players to play for them. "But, we've been able to edge 'em out when we need it the most". "I just tried to do my job from there".

The Rays led 7-2 before Boston's impressive rally, helped by a pair of wild pitches by Tampa Bay.

"We stole that one again", first-year manager Alex Cora said.

After a run for Boston in the first inning, Tampa Bay answered with single runs in each of the next five frames - including the homer by Cron in the second - before plating two in the seventh to go up 7-2. In the second, his second career slam completely left Fenway Park over the Green Monster and came after Jake Faria (0-1) walked the bases full.

"Those runs were huge, obviously", Porcello said. "First of all we pushed them to bring him in early".

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This is just the second time in franchise history that the Red Sox have lost their season opener and won the next seven. He went 1-for-3 on the afternoon and entered the game batting.371/.405/.743 with seven doubles, two homers, nine RBI, and seven runs scored in 37 plate appearances.

Boston, after being stymied for the first eight innings, broke through to tie the game in the ninth before winning in walk-off fashion in the 12 for their sixth straight victory. I'll side with Boston to get the sweep here. "If he did, who knows what would have happened?"

David Price was in sterling shape, surrendering just three hits (with three walks) in his seven scoreless innings, just a tad better than the start by Yonny Chirinos (five innings, three hits, no walks).

In addition to his slam, Bogaerts drove in two runs with his seventh double in eight games.

"Nobody's happy we're 1-7, but the way the guys - (Austin) Pruitt stepping up (in relief Saturday), Chaz (Roe), (Sergio) Romo (both in relief), obviously Robby (infielder Daniel Robertson, who pitched a scoreless inning), none of those guys are supposed to be pitching in those situations", Cash said.

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