Recap - Red Sox Earn Gritty Win Over Rays

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

Aaron Hill's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in Hanley Ramirez with the go-ahead run as the Red Sox beat the Rays 8-6 at Fenway Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Steven Wright started for Boston but only went four innings, charged with four runs on seven hits and a trio of walks while striking out three.

The Red Sox bullpen pieced together the final five innings with Craig Kimbrel pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the save, his 24th of the season. Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI ground-rule double by Brad Miller. The Red Sox countered with a solo home run by Xander Bogaerts in the bottom of the inning.

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The Rays extended the lead to 4-1 on a two-run homer by Logan Forsythe in the second and a solo shot by Logan Morrison in the fourth.

Ramirez (pictured) put Boston in front 5-4 with one swing of the bat in the fifth with his nineteenth home run of the season, a grand slam to left center. Jackie Bradley Jr. made it 6-4 with a solo home run to left an inning later.

Forsythe tied the game with a single in the eighth off Junichi Tazawa.

In the eighth, Ramirez led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second. Brock Holt singled him to third and he was driven in by Hill. JBJ's third hit of the game, a double to right, plated Holt.

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