TB 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 4
Bos 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 1 X 7
Date of game: 4/29/2014

Recap: Boston vs. Tampa Bay

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Shane Victorino went 4-for-4 with two RBI and the Boston Red Sox held off the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-4, in the opener of a three- game series.

Jackie Bradley Jr. knocked in two runs and scored once for the Red Sox, who have won three of their past four games. David Ortiz, Will Middlebrooks and A.J. Pierzynski each had an RBI.

"We're in a stretch here probably the last eight, 10 games where the bats have become more consistent," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Boston starter John Lackey (4-2) allowed two runs on six hits with five strikeouts over eight innings.

Ryan Hanigan, Evan Longoria and Yunel Escobar each knocked in a run for the Rays, who have lost three in a row.

Tampa Bay starter Erik Bedard gave up one run on four hits with three walks over five innings. Brandon Gomes (1-1) took the loss after allowing two of Boston's five runs in the sixth inning.

"You look at the gun with him tonight, he had his best velocity fastball by far. Stuff wise good. Good changeup. Good, except location was not there," Rays manager Joe Maddon said of Gomes.

Boston broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning. Middlebrooks walked, moved to third on Bradley's double to left-center field and scored on Victorino's sacrifice fly.

Tampa Bay tied the game in the sixth. Desmond Jennings hit a one-out double to left-center field, advanced to third on Matt Joyce's single and scored on Longoria's sacrifice fly.

But the Red Sox exploded for five runs in the bottom half of the sixth. Gomes walked Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes before recording an out. Juan Carlos Oviedo came in from the bullpen and immediately gave up an RBI single to Pierzynski. Middlebrooks followed with a run-scoring double to left- center field. Bradley then hit a two-run double to center. Bradley moved to third on a wild pitch and raced home on Victorino's ground-rule double to right, making it a 6-1 game.

The Rays got one run back in the seventh when Wil Myers scored on Hanigan's single. Myers led off the frame with a double to center.

Ortiz's RBI single in the eighth made it 7-2 Boston.

The Red Sox sent Edward Mujica to the mound in the ninth. He put the first two men on before getting David DeJesus to ground out. Escobar's infield single plated James Loney, who led off the frame with a ground-rule double. Another run crossed the plate on shortstop Xander Bogaerts' throwing error. Hanigan flied out, then Koji Uehara was called upon to record the final out.

Game Notes

Boston went 12-7 against the Rays in 2013 ... Bogaerts saw his 10-game hitting streak come to an end after going 0-for-3 ... The Rays played their 1,000th game as the Rays ... Lackey improved to 13-7 lifetime against the Rays ... Boston started an eight-game homestand on Tuesday.

Texas QB Ash out against BYU

Texas starting quarterback David Ash will not play in Saturday's game against BYU after sustaining a concussion in last weekend's season opener.

NASCAR News
Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers hit Canada

The series will run its 14th race of the season on Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. This will be the second time the series competes in Canada. One year ago, Chase Elliott won the inaugural truck race at this 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course. Wallace finished fourth.

Royals activate Hosmer

The Kansas City Royals will get their first baseman back for the season's stretch run, as the club reinstated Eric Hosmer from the 15-day disabled list as rosters expanded on Monday.

USA tested by Turkey in World Cup prelim

Kenneth Faried scored 22 points on 11- of-14 shooting and the United States pulled away down the stretch for a 98-77 win over Turkey on Day 2 of the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.