Jacoby Ellsbury's three-run home run, and Jon Lester's dominating performance helped the Red Sox defeat the Rays at Fenway Park, 3-1.
The season-long awaited arrival of Yoan Moncada to Boston has finally come with Wednesday night announcement of the Red Sox’ prospect being called up for Friday.
John Farrell alluded to potentially promoting the 21-year-old in his press conference prior to Wednesday’s game, remarking that the team needed “better production” at third base -- Moncada’s new home.
“The minor league season ends [soon], so is there benefit to him just being here? The answer to that is yes,” Farrell said before Wednesday’s win. “Do you weigh playing 'X' number of games per week versus what he could be doing at Portland or Pawtucket? Well, that goes away [with the minor league regular seasons end].
"So, again, by all accounts, there's nothing but positives that could come out of experience here -- if that were to happen.''
He’ll be formally added Friday as a September call-up, and cannot be added Thursday because Boston has the day off.
Moncada will also be eligible for the playoffs with the call-up, with the Wednesday night midnight deadline not applying because Moncada was already part of Boston’s organization.
Ranked the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, Moncada played for both Single-A Salem and, most recently, Double-A Portland this season. In his 44 games with Portland, Moncada hit .285 (49-for-172) with 11 home runs, six doubles, three triples and 27 RBI. Moncada was also 9-for-13 in stolen base attempts for the Seadogs.
"In the cases we've talked about, it has been beneficial to us for the young player to come up. They find a way to contribute in a meaningful role.
"Without saying that [Moncada's promotion] is a definite, there's a lot [of positives] going for it.''
Moncada joins Andrew Benintendi to get the call to the Red Sox straight from Portland. Prior to Benintendi’s injury, the 22-year-old was batting .324 (22-for-68) with eight extra-base hits.
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Three things we learned from the Boston Red Sox' 8-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays
BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park:
"After we got him an inning (Tuesday) night because he hadn't pitched in six days, we were not going to with the quick turnaround and get four outs from him,'' - John Farrell on whether Craig Kimbrel was available for the eighth inning.
"Taking three weeks off in the middle of the season is not easy for anybody. And the biggest thing with my shoulder is just trusting that it's strong and healthy.'' - Steven Wright on his struggles since coming off the DL.
"In a situation like that, you know they're going to try to get you to roll over on a double play. That's his job. For me, (my job) is to see the ball deep and put a good swing on it.'' - Aaron Hill, who had been 0-for-20 before singling home the go-ahead run in the eighth.
* The win was the Red Sox' 29th come-from-behind win of the year.
* The Sox improved to 13-3 against left-handed starters
* Hanley Ramirez became just the third Red Sox hitter since 1930 to erase a three-run deficit with a two-out grand slam
* Ramirez has knocked in 33 runs in his last 28 Fenway games.
* Dustin Pedroia enjoyed his fourth game with three or more hits in his last five games.
* Pedroia is 18 for his last 24 at Fenway.
* Jackie Bradley has a .941 OPS at home this season.
* Mookie Betts has reached safely in each of his last 19 games.
* Betts has 11 outfield assists this year and three have come against Tampa Bay
* Each one of Xander Bogaerts' last nine homers have come with two strikes.
1) Hanley Ramirez
Trailing 4-1, the Red Sox got a grand slam from Ramirez to give them their first lead of the game in the fifth. He later walked and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth.
2) Jackie Bradley Jr.
Bradley had been scuffling and dropped back down to the No. 9 spot in the lineup, but broke out with a single, homer, double and two RBI.
3) Aaron Hill
Hill played a fine game at third defensively, and snapped an 0-for-20 skid with an opposite-field, run-scoring single to snap a 6-6 tie.