May 26, 2018

Friday Night Divisional Showdown: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox

28 April 2018, 08:15 | Clyde Nash

Bogaerts, batting.368 with two home runs and nine RBIs this season, missed 15 games with an ankle injury.

Coming into this set, Mallex Smith was the top Rays hitter with 24 hits, nine runs, two triples and four RBI on his stat sheet. The first two came back in 2015 when he was with the Yankees, including one in his second Major League game.Video: TB@BOS: Refsnyder launches a solo homer to left fieldMeanwhile, the Rays' franchise-record streak of scoring at least eight runs in a game was snapped at five.UP NEXTAt this point, you could forgive Yonny Chirinos (0-1, 2.92 ERA) if he thought the Red Sox made up half the teams in the American League.

Bogaerts started at shortstop and went 3-for-4 with a double in Boston's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay's pitchers have allowed 5.0 runs per game and its starters own a 4.56 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.90 K/9.

Tampa opened the season by rallying for six runs in the eighth inning to beat the Red Sox, then lost six in a row to the high-flying Red Sox and are part of Boston's 19-5 start.

In the Friday edition of this set, the Rays almost blew a four-run lead but were able to hang on for the 4-3 victory.

"Nunez, that's his best position", Cora said. Rob Refsnyder and Daniel Robertson then followed up with leadoff solo blasts in the third and fourth innings, respectively. Robertson led off the fourth with another homer to left. Christian Vazquez led off the frame with a double, and two batters later he was driven in on a Mookie Betts double.

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Betts and Martinez each knocked two-run doubles in the sixth.

Bogaerts said he still has some pain in his ankle, comparing it to a couple of needles stabbing him, but felt ready to go.

Refsnyder last homered on October 1, 2015, for the New York Yankees against the Red Sox.

The Boston Red Sox activated shortstop Xander Bogaerts from the 10-day disabled list Friday. I'll take my grounders.

To make room for Bogaerts, Brock Holt was placed on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain, while the Rays cleared Duffy's return by sending right-hander Austin Pruitt to Triple-A.

As for the Sox, they're rolling with David Price on the mound Saturday. His three career homers have all come against the Red Sox.

Tampa Bay Rays' Alex Colome, right, and Wilson Ramos celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox during a baseball game in Boston, Friday, April 27, 2018. Instead, he coaxed a ground-ball double play from Mitch Moreland, retiring the side.Video: TB@BOS: Snell forces Moreland into inning-ending DPIt was a subtle but pivotal moment in the Rays' seventh straight win, the team's longest winning streak since 2014.

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