Recap - Panda, Pen Power Sox Past Rays

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

Pablo Sandoval hit his third home run of the season and the bullpen provided 4.2 innings of scoreless relief as the Red Sox came from behind to beat the Rays 7-5 at Fenway Park.

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The Boston offense combined for seventeen hits including three each from Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts and Christian Vazquez.

Tampa Bay took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning off Boston starter Drew Pomeranz on a two-RBI triple by Brad Miller and a passed ball.

The Red Sox cut the lead to 3-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Betts and a run-scoring single by Mitch Moreland.

After the Rays had added a run in the fourth, Sandoval (pictured) launched a two-run blast to centerfield.

Trailing 5-4 going into the bottom of the seventh Boston rallied for two runs on a Moreland single and an inning later Vazquez doubled home the final run of the game.

Pomeranz went 4.1 innings in the no-decision. He allowed all five Tampa Bay runs on five hits and two walks while striking out ten.

Craig Kimbrel struck out two in the ninth to lock down his fifth save of the year.

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