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The Red Sox were able to squeak out a victory in last night’s game against the Rays
With the offense performing rather poorly in this one, it was up to David Price to keep his team in the game. He didn’t disappoint and he had a terrific outing that lead to another Red Sox victory.
Through most of the game, David Price didn’t have any pressure on him. He worked through the first half of the game pretty easily without allowing any damage. The Rays couldn’t ever really get anything going against the Red Sox lefty.
On the offensive side of things, Chris Archer was dealing against the Red Sox bats. The offense could not get going against the opposing starting pitcher either. This game was a pitchers duel. It seemed like if the Red Sox did get a hit off Archer, they would either get doubled up or they would be stranded. It was a very frustrating game from the offense point of view. The Red Sox had opportunities to score runs, but they could never capitalize.
The scoring finally started in the sixth inning after Christian Vazquez lead off the inning with a single. The next two batters walked to bring up Hanley Ramirez with the bases loaded and no outs. This was a big opportunity to score some runs. However, Ramirez grounded into a double play. The Red Sox would have to settle for one run.
In the bottom half of the sixth, Price got in some trouble. He walked the first batter he faced then immediately gave up a double that scored a run to tie the game. Price was able to get out of the inning without allowing any more damage.
Neither team scored until the top of the ninth. After Joe Kelly set the Rays down in order in the bottom half of the eighth, the Red Sox had one more chance to score. J.D. Martinez led off the inning and was able to reach base on an error. Xander Bogaerts then came up and doubled to score Martinez to give the Red Sox a one run lead. The Red Sox didn’t stop there. After a walk, a couple steals, a sacrifice fly and a passed ball, the Red Sox had a 4-1 lead.
Craig Kimbrel came out of the bullpen for the ninth and set the Rays down in order to give the Red Sox the win.
The Red Sox will have the chance to sweep the Rays tonight. Rick Porcello will be on the mound for the Red Sox and the Rays will be sending Blake Snell out to the hill. First pitch will be at 7:10 PM ET.