The Boston Red Sox scored six runs in the 8th inning to overtake the Tampa Bay Rays and sweep the series. Carson Smith got the win while Craig Kimbrel picked up the save. The Red Sox have now won eight straight games.
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The Red Sox were down 7-2 going into the 8th inning when the offense rallied for six runs. Rafael Devers, Mookie Betts, Mitch Moreland, Christian Vazquez, and Andrew Benintendi all contributed to the rally with Benintendi hitting the tie-breaking double that scored the go-ahead run.
Eduardo Rodriguez started his first game of the season after a stint on the disabled list for knee surgery. He struck out five of the first six hitters he faced until Tampa Bay’s C.J. Cron tied the game with a solo home run in the second inning. Rodriguez lasted until the third inning after giving up five hits, three runs, and walked two batters while striking out seven.
Xander Bogaerts, who hit his second career grand slam in Saturday’s 10-3 win, left the game in the 7th inning with a left ankle injury after sliding into the Tampa Bay Rays’ dugout. Bogaerts sustained the injury in an attempt to save the ball from going into the dugout.
The Boston Red Sox have Monday off before starting a three-game series against the New York Yankees. Chris Sale will take the mound Tuesday night against the Yankees’ Luis Severino.