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Rays 3, Red Sox 4: Brad Miller error results in Rays loss

Rays 3, Red Sox 4: Brad Miller error results in Rays loss

Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez left Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh inning with a left hamstring cramp and is considered day-to-day. But the Red Sox scratched out the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Sandy Leon's bases-loaded RBI groundout and held on for a 2-1 victory, Sale's first win with his new team.

"He's probably in the best spot he's been from a delivery standpoint in the year and a half he's been here", said manager John Farrell, who had planned to give Kimbrel the day off until the closer came to him and said he could pitch. Putting baserunners on base, giving the Rays' batters opportunity after opportunity, but they went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

BRAVES 5, PADRES 4 Dansby Swanson hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and host Atlanta, boosted by Freddie Freeman's two home runs, beat San Diego for a four-game sweep in their first series at SunTrust Park.

Mitch Moreland feels like he's fit right in with the Boston Red Sox.

Pablo Sandoval had a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who won their second straight after losing five of eight.

On Sunday, it was a similar story as Joe Kelly fired 2 2/3 innings of one-hit relief with Matt Barnes, Robby Scott and Kimbrel following him to the mound.

Rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi has six hits in his past nine at-bats, raising his average from.238 to.314 and reminding us why the team put so much faith in the kid in the first place.

But rather than making Boston pay for a fielding mistake like the Red Sox did to Tampa Bay in the pivotal second inning, a familiar nemesis took the sting out of the Rays' attack.

"It was a little bit of a frustrating loss", manager Kevin Cash said.

"My pitch was just to throw a sinker inside and I didn't miss", Nicasio said. Now he joins Martinez in 1998 as the only Red Sox pitchers since 1913 to pitch at least seven innings, give up no more than two runs and strike out at least seven batters in his first three games of a season. "So you go in and kind of bounce some things off of him". In his two starts and 8.0 innings this year, Wright has a 13.50 ERA and five strikeouts.

Red Sox: Brian Johnson (0-0) will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Rodriguez's turn when Boston opens a series at Toronto, which starts RHP Marcus Stroman (1-1, 1.76).

Oh, and Sale is three starts into his Red Sox career and already drawing comparisons to Pedro Martinez.

The tradition dates all the way back to 1903 and it's still the only Major League Baseball game on the schedule with a first pitch before noon.

Steven Wright took a step in the right direction Monday after putting up a stinker last week. They haven't had the one game with the one swing of the bat.

"Just, I guess, more games, more pitches", Benintendi said.

Now Snell is starting the season with a 0-2 record and with some frustration.