Justin Turner’s bases-clearing double boston red sox go ahead with the trip tampa bay rays 8-5 at the end of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday
Alex Verdugo drove in two runs while going 3-for-5, while Turner, Masataka Yoshida and Pablo Reyes each had two hits for Boston.
Corey Kluber (3-6) pitched a scoreless sixth inning in relief to earn the win.
Kenley Johnson worked a hit around for his 12th save.
Tampa Bay’s Yandy Diaz and Vander Franco (3-for-5) each hit two doubles while going a combined 5-for-10.
Diaz (2-for-5) and Harold Ramirez (2-for-3) had two RBI apiece.
rays tagged Boston starter Garrett Whitlock for three runs with two outs in the second. After a Ramirez leadoff single and a two-out walk to Taylor Walls, Christian Bethancourt’s ground ball single into the shortstop hole allowed Tampa Bay to draw first blood.
Boston shortstop Enrique Hernandez’s throwing error allowed Walls to take an extra base, and Diaz brought him home on a two-run double that fell just inside the left field line.
Ramírez added to the Tampa lead with a sacrifice fly in the fifth, ending Whitlock’s day after 4 2/3 innings. He gave up four runs on six hits and struck out five.
Alex Verdugo hit a quick run-scoring first off Diaz’s glove, helping Boston get on the board with one out in the next half inning. A single and a walk then loaded the bases, but Jaren Duran struck out to keep it a 4–1 game.
red Sox flipped the game on its head with a six-run sixth, starting with Reyes hitting a two-on, one-out RBI single to right
After Verdugo struck out and walked Rafael Devers, Turner delivered the biggest blow of the inning in the form of a three-run double off the Green Monster. Yoshida followed with an RBI double of his own.
The teams scored runs in the seventh. Ramírez again scored a two-run game with an RBI single that drove off Hernandez, but Verdugo lined a two-out double to score Reyes, who singled, stole second and later scored on a throwing error. Got third place.
Tampa Bay opener Trevor Kelly pitches 2? Scoreless, one-hit innings of ball with two strikeouts.
Jalen Beaks (2-3) took the loss, giving up six runs on four hits while recording only two outs.
– Field Level Media