Chris Sale cruised through 7.2 innings and Mookie Betts had a pair of hits, including his MLB-leading 16th home run, as the Red Sox beat the Rays 4-2 at Tropicana Field Tuesday night.
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Betts slammed a three-run homer in the top of the third inning to give Boston an early 3-0 lead. Rafael Devers homered in the sixth to finish the scoring.
Sale (pictured) struck out nine and walked two. He scattered four hits in allowing just one earned run.
Joe Kelly got the final out in the eighth inning on a strikeout. Craig Kimbrel made things interesting in the ninth by loading the bases on two hits and a walk but he managed to close the door without surrendering a run for his 14th save of the year.
Betts led Boston with two hits; beleaguered center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. added two hits of his own.
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