Red Sox finish hot road trip with 4-2 win over Rays


Red Sox finish hot road trip with 4-2 win over Rays

By SeanMcAdam Red SoxInsider Follow @sean_mcadam
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In each of the first two games of this series, the winning starting pitcher tossed a complete-game shutout.

Thursday night, in the series finale, it wasn't that simple.

Clay Buchholz was forced from the game after five innings because of lower back stiffness and the Red Sox had to piece together things over the final 20 outs with their bullpen.

Alfredo Aceves gave up a run in the sixth, but the duo of Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon combined to get the final 2 13 innings as the Sox won the game, 4-2, and with it, the series.

Papelbon, who hadn't pitched since last Friday, recorded his 13th save, but not before putting the potential tying run at first with no out in the ninth.

With Boston leading by a run in the top of the ninth, Adrian Gonzalez lined a homer into the seats in right, his 14th of the season, giving his team a bit of a cushion.

The victory enabled the Red Sox to finish their three-city nine-game road trip with an 8-1 record. That's the best nine-game road trip since 1977 when the Sox were a perfect 9-0 from July 29 through Aug. 7. Since dropping their first seven games away from home this season, the Sox are now 21-7 on the road.

The Sox jumped on Tampa starter David Price for a run in the first and two in the second.

David Ortiz drew a bases-loaded walk in the first. In the second, Darnell McDonald, getting his first start since April 29, singled home one run and Dustin Pedroia doubled home another.

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Red Sox rally for 8-7 spring training victory over Twins

Red Sox rally for 8-7 spring training victory over Twins

Brian Bogusevic's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox a come-from-behind, 8-7, spring training victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Bogusevic, 32, an outfielder signed to a minor league deal this winter, played in Japan last season and hasn't been in the major leagues since 2015 with the Phillies.

Reliever Tyler Thornburg, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers, had a rough outing in his Red Sox debut. He allowed five runs (four earned), four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning as the Red Sox fell behind 7-3 by the fourth inning.

Left-hander Roenis Elias started for Boston and allowed a first-inning home run to Byungho Park. He struck out three in two innings.

Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a double and first base prospect Sam Travis, hitting .500 this spring, tied it at 7 with an RBI double in the sixth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier Saturday that Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to make his first start on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers and Chris Sale will make his first start March 6 against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach. Rodriguez injured his knee in winter ball in Venezuela and threw his first batting practice session on Saturday.

The Red Sox next travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays Sunday at 1:05 p.m. 


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