Ellsbury's walk-off single lifts Sox, 3-2


Ellsbury's walk-off single lifts Sox, 3-2

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
Jacoby Ellsbury's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia from second base, giving the Red Sox a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. The victory was Boston's fourth walk-off win of the season and first in almost two months, dating back to June 4.

It was the first walk-off RBI in Ellsbury's career.

After one out in the ninth, Jason Varitek singled sharply to center and was replaced by pinch-runner Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Josh Reddick followed with a bloop single to right, sending Saltalamacchia into scoring position.

Kevin Youkilis had pulled the Red Sox even in the bottom of the sixth when he blasted his 16th homer of the season into the Monster Seats.

Earlier, the Sox loaded the bases in the second and scored a run on a strikeout by Jason Varitek, thanks to a wild pitch.

Starter Josh Beckett allowed just two runs -- both on solo homers -- in six innings of work. He left after throwing just 85 pitches, probably because he had had to warm up twice due to start time delayed twice by rain.

He struck out seven and gave up six hits while being stuck with his eighth no-decision in 21 starts this season, a reflection of the poor run support his teammates have often provided him.

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Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

The appearance of Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough almost got the Boston Red Sox back in their spring training exhibition game. The Sox managed to score all three of their runs against the 25-year-old in their 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sunday.

But the Rays, who scored runs in five different innings, managed to widen their lead in the eighth inning by beating up on Sox lefty Luis Isla, a 24-year-old who spent last season with Portland and Pawtucket. In the eighth, Rays' Joe McCarthy homered and Luke Maile managed an RBI single, which cappped off the scoring in the contest. Sox starter Hector Velazquez allowed three hits and an earned run in his two innnings. The 28-year-old, who spent 2016 in the Mexican League, still managed to amass four strikeouts.

"I was a little nervous at the start, being in the United States for the first time and playing for a big league club for the first time," Velazquez told RedSox.com through an interpreter. "But once I got the first out, all the nerves went away, and I was able to bear down."

Despite allowing two homers, Boston pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.

With the exception of the Sox' inning against Yarbrough, Boston's veterans and prospects struggled mighltily against the Rays pitching staff. Chris Archer started for Tampa, and set the tone in the first two innings, where he threw two strikeouts, one walk and allowed one hit and no runs. Andrew Benintendi (0-for-3), Sam Travis (0-for-2) and Bryce Brentz (0-for-3) went hitless on the day. Travis, however, reached base on balls.

"I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said, via the Red Sox' team website. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

Marco Hernandez's triple got the Sox' eighth-inning off to a strong start, and singles from Matt Dominguez, Deven Marrero, Rusney Castillo and Cole Sturgeon followed. The Sox' eighth inning scoring ended after Castillo got thrown out by left fielder McCarthy at third. Six Red Sox finished with one-hit outings, including Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.

The Sox will next host the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.