De La Rosa pitches Sox to 7-1 victory over Rays

De La Rosa pitches Sox to 7-1 victory over Rays
May 31, 2014, 10:15 pm
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BOSTON - There were no fireworks at Fenway Park Saturday night, but the Red Sox did plenty to entertain.

Rubby De La Rosa tossed 7 innings of four-hit, shutout ball, and the Sox offense came alive early to beat the Rays, 7-1. Their winning streak is now at six games.

In a game where De La Rosa was thrown into a heated and emotional series, he remained composed throughout and threw one of the better games of the season for the Sox pitching staff.

De La Rosa threw 105 pitches on the night, 72 for strikes. Just 2 outs left the infield. He struck out 8 batters on the night to help earn his first win of the season (1-0).

And the offense didn't let him down either - although it came in some unlikely ways.

Brock Holt, who has stepped up since Will Middlebrooks was placed on the DL, crushed his first career home run in the third inning, a two-run shot that landed in the Red Sox bullpen.

That gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead that they would build off. The next batter, Xander Bogaerts, walked and moved to second on a A.J. Pierzynski single. After Jake Odorizzi's wild pitch moved up both runners, Mike Carp's sacrifice fly scored Bogaerts from third for a 3-0 lead.

A little small ball put the Sox up 4-0 in the fourth inning. Grady Sizemore singled, stole second base, advanced on a ground out, and scored on Jonathan Herrera's bunt single.

That would end Odorizzi's night. He went 3.1 innings, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits and walk with 6 strikeouts. He would be replaced by Cesar Ramos, who didn't do much to stop the bleeding.

Ramos allowed Herrera to advance on a wild pitch, and then intentionally walked Bogaerts. Pierzynski then singled to center which scored Herrera for the 5-0 Sox lead.

With De La Rosa still dealing in the 5th - he struck out Kevin Kiermaier and Sean Rodriguez, and got Jose Molina to ground out - the Sox offense again went on the attack.

With Sizemore on base again, it was Jackie Bradley Jr. who crushed a ball over the Red Sox bullpen for his first home run of the season.

De La Rosa pitched two more shutout innings before handing the ball off to Alex Wilson in the 8th.

Wilson gave up an inside-the-park home run to Kiermaier in the 8th on a ball the just missed the glove of Bradley Jr. who crashed into the Green Monster. The ball then actually ricocheted off the wall and hit Bradley in the nose.

He would be fall to the ground and stay down for a bit before getting up and being tended to by team trainers. Bradley got his nose plugged with gauze and remained in the game.

Wilson stayed in the game to pitch the 9th inning.

Herrera had three hits on the night, his first multi-hit game of the season. Xander Bogaerts doubled and walked twice, raising his OBP to .397