Sale, Red Sox survive Rays' HRs

Rosalie Stanley
May 14, 2017

Alex Wood gave up five singles (two infield hits), walked one and struck out 10 - all swinging - in six innings as Los Angeles shut down Colorado for its seventh victory in its last eight games.

"I feel good at the plate right now, so any type of contribution I can make to the team, I'm all about it", he said.

"Mama said there'll be days like this" have been the lyrics to theme song to way too much of the Red Sox' 2017 season. "Just going out there and trying to get into a groove".

"Nice win. Never a tiresome moment", Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. With 10 in 39 team games this season, he is the quickest Ray to double digits since 2009, when Carlos Peña got there in Game 24 and Evan Longoria in Game 30.

Joe Kelly worked the eighth before Craig Kimbrel finished the three-hitter for his 11th save.

Kiermaier also "guessed right" on his two-run shot in the fifth, launching an 0-and-2, 98 miles per hour fastball and continuing what look to be strides out of an extended skid in which he went 8-for-67 over 19 games. "We've been playing a lot of baseball here", he said. At their current pace, the Rays would strike out 1,637 times, which would smash the Major League Baseball record of 1,535, by the 2013 Astros. The Rays would go quietly after that, with the Sox returning the favor in the bottom of the second and the Rays one-upping them in the top of the third by striking out in order.

Mookie Betts' three-run home run in the ninth inning Thursday lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Blake Snell (0-4) allowed six runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Before those homers, left-handers were 3 for 20 against Sale this year with no extra-base hits.

A loss would have meant the Boston Red Sox would be 18-18 - and.500 after 36 games looks like a lot worse than after only 10.

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"When you face (Sale) and your team gives you three runs, you need to lock it down", he said.

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Marrero, getting his second start at third base, is the fifth player to start a game there for the Red Sox - the other four with 13 combined errors.

Price, on the disabled list since spring training with an elbow injury, is set for his first rehab start on Sunday, eyeing a late May return. The only other American League pitchers to accomplish that feat are Pedro Martinez, Nolan Ryan and Sale, who had an eight game streak in 2015 with the Chicago White Sox. He posted eight twice, his last coming in the final starts of his AL Cy Young Award-winning 1999 season.

The Rays are 5-12 in their last 17 road games versus a left-handed starter, and 1-4 in their last five games versus a left-handed starter. Over his 40.1 innings and 2-1 record this year, Andreise has a 3.12 ERA and 37 Ks.

Bautista's fifth home run of the season came on a 1-and-1 pitch from Nick Vincent (1-1) and followed one-out singles by Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera to give Toronto a 5-2 lead.

Snell was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He has given up three or fewer runs in his last six starts.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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