BOSTON - It took longer than they would have liked, but following a nearly three-hour rain delay, the Red Sox continued to have their
way with the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday.
Behind five strong innings from spot starer Alfredo Aceves, the Sox defeated Tampa Bay, 5-1. The win improved the Red Sox to 8-2 against Tampa Bay this season, including a perfect 4-0 in Boston.
Aceves won his third straight start, spread out over more than three weeks. He was added to the team's roster as the 26th man, and was optioned back to Pawtucket following the game.
Aceves, who gave up three hits and three walks, needed just 75 pitches through five. Following the delay, the Sox got scoreless relief innings from Junichi Tazawa, Andrew Miller, Koji Uehara and Craig Breslow.
David Ortiz knocked in three of the Red Sox' five runs with a two-run single in the third and another RBI-single in the fifth.
Dustin Pedroia had given the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the first with a sacrifice fly.
The final Red Sox run came in the sixth when Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino smacked consecutive triples into the right field corner.
It marked the first time since Sept. 5, 2008 that the Sox had had back-to-back triples in the same game. Coco Crisp and Ellsbury hit those.
The win improved the Red Sox' record to 8-2 against Tampa Bay this season, including a perfect 4-0 in Boston.
STAR OF THE GAME: David Ortiz
Ortiz went 2-for4 with three RBI. He drove in two runs in the third inning with a single through the shortstop hole, and another run in the fifth with a single to right.
HONORABLE MENTION: Alfredo Aceves
In another spot start, Aceves gets the win, improving to 4-1. He was caught in traffic and was a little late arriving at Fenway Park. Franklin Morales was sent to bullpen before the game just in case. After Aceves arrived, he warmed up quickly, went five innings, giving up one run on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts. He would have come back for the sixth inning, but a rain delay of nearly three hours curtailed his outing. The only run he allowed came in the second inning, when he issued all three of his walks. He threw 75 pitches, 43 for strikes.
THE GOAT: Chris Archer
Archer took the loss for the Rays, falling to 1-3. He went 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits and five walks with five strikeouts. He threw 109 pitches, 64 for strikes
THE TURNING POINT: In the second inning, the Rays had the bases loaded with one out, and a run already in. But Yunel Escobar grounded into a double play, ending the threat. That lone run was all the Rays would get.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1 - Aceves has allowed just one earned run in each of his three spot starts, spanning 17 innings, since being sent to Triple-A Pawtucket for the first time on April 24.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "Once again, Alfredo comes in and does his thing. Five solid innings of work. Would have been in line to go for the sixth had he not been interrupted by the rain." -- Manager John Farrell on Alfredo Aceves' outing.