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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Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

The Red Sox have invited nine non-roster players to spring training, the team announced Wednesday. The team now has a total of 15 non-roster invitees. 

Added Wednesday to the spring training roster were outfielder/infielder Allen Craig, third baseman Rafael Devers, first baseman Sam Travis, catcher Jordan Procyshen, outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Rusney Castillo, and right-handed pitchers Kyle Kendrick, Chandler Shepherd and Ben Taylor.

In addition to 39 players on the 40-man roster, the Sox have the following breakdown of non-roster invitees: 

Pitchers: Kyle Kendrick, Edgar Olmos, Chandler Shepherd, Ben Taylor, Marcus Walden
Catchers: Dan Butler, Jake DePew, Jordan Procyshen
Infielders: Rafael Devers, Matt Dominguez, Sam Travis
Outfielders: Brian Bogusevic, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Junior Lake