Sandy Leon's RBI groundout in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in Mitch Moreland with the winning run as the Red Sox beat the Rays 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
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The win went to Chris Sale (pictured); it was his first of the year, coming in his third start.
Moreland gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run off Erasmo Ramirez after Rays starter Jake Odorizzi left with what was said to be tightness in his left hamstring. It was Moreland's first home run in a Red Sox uniform.
Tampa Bay tied the game in the top of the third on an RBI single by Evan Longoria driving in Kevin Keirmaier.
Sale went seven innings for the win, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out twelve and walking three.
Matt Barnes pitched a scoreless eighth, though he walked a pair to make it somewhat interesting.
Craig Kimbrel struck out two in the ninth as he notched his fourth save of the season. Kimbrel has now converted 23 straight save opportunities.
Moreland led the Red Sox with three hits including his ninth double of the season.
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