Recap - Sox Get Just Enough To Back Wright

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox
Steven Wright survived a shaky start as the Red Sox came from behind - again - to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays on Patriots Day at Fenway Park.

The Rays scored twice in the top of the first inning on a pair of RBI ground outs to take a 2-0 lead. They were aided by an error by Marco Hernandez on a dropped pop foul.

The Red Sox got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a single by Hanley Ramirez that drove in Dustin Pedroia.

Boston scored three times in the second inning on a two-RBI single by Andrew Benintendi and a Mookie Betts single that plated another.

Wright (pictured) pitched into the seventh inning to get the win, evening his 2017 record at 1-1. He allowed three runs (one earned) on nine hits and a walk while striking out three.

The bullpen again performed well with Robbie Ross Jr., Ben Taylor, Heath Hembree and Craig Kimbrel combining for three scoreless innings (although Taylor did allow an inherited runner to score in the seventh). Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to convert his 25th consecutive save opportunity, and his third in as many days.

Benintendi paced the Red Sox offense with three hits. Betts had two hits and has now gone 123 plate appearances without striking out.

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