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Lesser-known Sox Lead Way to 7-1 Win

 
Posted May 31st, 2014 @ 10:28pm

Hey, at least Big Papi didn't hurt them!

Otherwise it was another miserable night for the Rays Saturday. Boston rode the pitching of Rubby De La Rosa and hitting of its lesser-known batters to a 7-1 win at Fenway.

Tampa Bay has lost five in a row.

Brock Holt started the scoring with his first career homer, a two-run shot in the third that signalled the beginning of the end for Jake Odorizzi. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run shot to make it 7-0 in the fifth.

Cesar Ramos gave up that homer but did end the game strongly, going the final 5 2/3 innings after relieving Ramos early.

De La Rosa, making his first major-league start since 2011, went seven shutout innings giving up four hits.

Holt made a key defensive play to end the second inning. With runners on the corners and the game still scoreless, Sean Rodriguez hit a bullet that looked headed for left field. But Holt dove to scoop the ball and made a strong throw to first.

Kevin Kiermaier hit an inside-the-park homer leading off the eight for the Rays' only run. It hit Bradley Jr. right in the face.

Tampa Bay's Art Solis' first career at-bat ended his night, as a De La Rosa pitch bounced up and got him right in the nose.

Jonathan Herrera, in only because Dustin Pedroia has a minor hand injury, went 3-for-4 for the Rays.

Ben Zobrist, Rodriguez, Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings all made stellar defensive plays for some of the Rays' few highlights.

Ortiz, who lashed out at Rays pitcher David Price after Friday's game, went 0-for-4. Kiermaier and James Loney had two hits each for Tampa Bay.

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