Monday, April 22, 2019

Red Sox Edge Rays Again, 4-3, Complete Sweep Of AL East Leader Tampa

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It was another nail-biter, but the Red Sox are starting to win games like they did early last season—decent pitching and scrappy offense. Boston completed a sweep of division-leading Tampa with a 4-3 win in extra innings. As has been the custom recently, Boston coughed-up a late lead—this time when the over-worked Matt Barnes gave up a solo shot in the eighth. The Red Sox offense was paced by Xander Bogaerts (1-5, 2 RBIs) and Mitch Moreland (1-2, RBI, R, HR). Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi chipped in with two hits apiece, and Christian Vazquez knocked in the eventual winning run on a sacrifice fly. The run was also set-up by a near-perfect sacrifice bunt by Jackie Bradley, Jr. David Price hurled five solid innings—giving up just two earned runs. The win puts Boston just four games under .500 and just five back of the Rays. They return home for a 10-game homestand that should offer a golden opportunity to fully right the Good Ship 2019.