Rich Hill, making his first major league start since 2009, threw seven shutout innings and Rusney Castillo drove in two runs with his 13th-inning single as the Red Sox beat the Rays 2-0 at Tropicana Field on Sunday afternoon.
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Hill (pictured) struck out ten and allowed just one hit and one walk in the no-decision. Released by the Nationals back in June, he had previously pitched for the independent league Long Island Ducks before getting picked up by Boston. In five starts with AAA Pawtucket, Hill had posted a 3-2 record with a 3.72 ERA.
The much-maligned Boston bullpen nearly matched Hill's seven shutout innings throwing six of their own. Heath Hembree got his first career win.
Dustin Pedroia started the game-winning rally with a one-out single in the 13th, the first of four consecutive hits. Castillo drove in both Red Sox runs with a base hit to left. He and Mookie Betts each had three hits.
Boston is just one game out of third place in the American League East and six games below .500 with twenty games remaining.
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