Recap - Strong Starting Pitching Keeps Sox Rolling

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

Three straight wins...three straight ONE-RUN WINS...and just like that the Red Sox have their first series win in the books!

Photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox
The offense really has yet to break out, but once again Boston received good starting pitching and enough from the bullpen to beat the Rays Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Hector Velazquez (pictured) limited the Rays to one run on five hits and a walk over 5.2 innings before giving way to the bullpen.

The combination of Marcus Walden, Bobby Poyner, Matt Barnes and Joe Kelly pieced the remaining 3.1 innings. Kelly, in fact, recorded his first career save with a scoreless ninth inning.

The Rays took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a Brad Miller home run. Boston tied the score in the fifth on a JD Martinez single that drove Mookie Betts in. Rafael Devers delivered Jackie Bradley Jr. an inning later with the ultimate winning run.

Betts led Boston with a pair of singles; Xander Bogaerts went hitless in five at bats.

Red Sox starters have allowed just two earned runs in the first four games of the year.

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