Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

Sale dominant in Boston victory

Vera Richards | 19 April, 2017, 02:20

The Rays went 1-6 on the trip to NY and Boston, their only win coming when Chris Archer snapped his 11-game losing streak against the Red Sox on Friday.

Ramirez was given all the time he needed to warm up and then gave up a home run to Mitch Moreland on his first pitch.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said, "The maintenance for a knuckleballer is to try and deaden spin, and that's where the focus and emphasis has been". Castillo is batting.300 with six runs batted in and is coming off a streak in which he picked up two hits four games in a row.

Over the weekend, the Red Sox bullpen allowed just two runs in 14 1/3 innings, highlighting what has become an unexpected strength of the club in the first few weeks. Boston RF Mookie Betts was presented with his 2016 Silver Slugger, Gold Glove and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year awards in a pregame ceremony.

Blue Jays 2, Orioles 1: Kendrys Morales homered off Tyler Wilson leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, and Toronto stopped a seven-game skid.

Meanwhile, Boston is 8-1 in their last nine home games versus a left-handed starter, and 16-6 in their last 22 games overall against a left-handed starter. The Rays dropped their fourth in five games.

Sale, who uncharacteristically walked two in the third, got 11 outs retiring his last 10 batters, including a run of five straight strikeouts.

Over on the Red Sox side, they're sending out RHP Steven Wright on Monday.

"I didn't catch the ball", Miller said. They got one back in the first inning on a nice Hanley Ramirez dump single to right-center, scoring Dustin Pedroia, and they got the lead in a huge second inning thanks to a two-out rally that came out of nowhere and simply refused to die.

"Chad pitched a fantastic game", Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "So you go in and kind of bounce some things off of him".

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi has been put on the 10-day disabled list by the Tampa Bay Rays because of a strained left hamstring.

Oh, and Sale is three starts into his Red Sox career and already drawing comparisons to Pedro Martinez.

Right-hander Chase Whitley was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Sunday. Other than a hiccup in the third inning, when the lefty gave up a run, two hits and two walks, the Rays didn't have a prayer.

Another reason that play was so damaging is because second year pitcher Blake Snell needs to get wins and some positive results to boost his confidence. "And it was for Steven the last time out". Yes, eight. Had he had just an ounce more of control the Cardinals likely win a game they lost.

"It's a special day for the city, and I'm just excited to have that opportunity", he said. The bullpen preserved a one-run lead with three innings of scoreless ball. In his two starts this year, Snell holds an 0-1 record, a 3.18 ERA and six Ks in 11.1 innings.

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