Bogaerts Hits First Home Run, Red Sox Beat Rays 3-2

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The Tampa Bay Rays were defeated by the Boston Red Sox by a final score of 2-1.

"For us to accomplish what we set to accomplish, he's a big part of that bullpen", Cora said. "I had success coming out of the pen, but this is what I want to do".

Devers' big hit came with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, rifling a 1-2 fastball into right field to bring in Jackie Bradley Jr. "It was fantastic. Outstanding", first-year manager Alex Cora said after Sunday's win. "For me, it's great, it's a good start".

"I'm just trying to be consistent, do the same things every day to get better", Bogaerts told reporters on Saturday night. McCullers (1-0) was one short of his career high in strikeouts. I've really had both ends of the spectrum. But Cora has been an air freshener to a team that didn't have much fun last season under former manager John Farrell. The Cardinals also placed left-hander Brett Cecil on the 10-day disabled list with a strained pitching shoulder, recalled left-hander Ryan Sherriff from Triple-A Memphis and acquired right-hander Casey Meisner from the Oakland Athletics for right-hander Josh Lucas. Jose Alvarado (0-1) took the loss after allowing the go-ahead hit in his one inning of relief.

Price, the first overall pick in the 2007 draft, pitched for Tampa Bay from 2008 to 2014.

Boston's four starters struck out 23 Rays in their 24 innings of work and tallied an impressive 0.875 WHIP. The Rays' defense has played a large role in keeping these games close, but the Rays can not exclusively rely on defensive playmaking to win games, especially one run games that are able to be won.

Velazquez may not throw 100 miles per hour but he has an "ability to locate, to change speeds, to clone pitches on both sides of the plate so if they're sitting fastball and get an off-speed pitch in the same location, he has deception both ways", LeVangie said. "There is no doubt in my mind". "They're going to get going".

Boston's Xander Bogaerts, who went 8 for 12 with five doubles and a homer over the first three games, was hitless in five at-bats.

Leadoff batter Mookie Betts, who led the majors in doubles over the past three years, will likely be another tough test for Richards.

Red Sox: OF Andrew Benintendi didn't start after playing three days on the artifical turf.

Kimbrel has converted 11 consecutive save opportunities, a streak that began August 5.

Porcello (1-0) allowed six hits and a walk while striking out four for the Red Sox, whose starters have given up only one run and struck out 18 batters over the first 18 1/3 innings in the first three games of the season.

Red Sox: RHP Tyler Thornburg (thoracic outlet syndrome surgery) threw in a minor league spring training game.

Overall, the Rays have shown promise with their slight bursts offense late in the game, but they have not been able to take the lead in the beginning.

Before yesterday's game he said, "It's just me being me, being free again".

Rafael Devers delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning as the Boston Red Sox claimed their third straight victory with a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays in the series finale Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award victor went 2-4 with a 3.93 ERA in six starts against Tampa Bay last season, although he was 2-1 with a 1.27 ERA in three starts at Tropicana Field.



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