Sox power through Jays, 6-4

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Sox power through Jays, 6-4

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON With two outs in the fourth and trailing by a run, the Red Sox sent seven batters to the plate, with four scoring. The uprising gave Tim Wakefield enough of an edge to earn the win, the 198th of his career, as the Sox beat the Blue Jays, 6-4, in the series finale at Fenway Park.

Jacoby Ellsburys lead-off homer, his third of the season and sixth of his career, tied the score in the first inning, after the Jays got out to a quick 1-0 lead. It was the 10th homer of the season for Ellsbury, a new single-season career high. Kevin Youkilis led off the second with a homer, his 12th of the season, to give the Sox a one-run lead.

The Jays came back with two runs in the third to take the lead. But a four-run outburst gave the Sox all the scoring they would need.

Wakefield went seven innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. He threw 106 pitches, 77 for strikes. His record improves to 5-3 with a 4.74 ERA.

Jays left-hander Ricky Romero took the loss, falling to 7-8 with a 3.09 ERA. He went 4 13 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

Jonathan Papelbon earned his 19th save, with three strikeouts in the ninth, despite allowing a two-out run and hitting a batter.

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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.