DH Ramirez leaves game with left leg injury

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 19, 2017

Andrew Benintendi (Arkansas Razorbacks) backed Wright with a go-ahead, two-run single as Boston scored three unearned runs following a dropped throw by second baseman Brad Miller, and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Monday in the annual Patriots' Day game. The Rays would have runners in scoring position in the 3rd, 6th and 7th inning, but only were able to bring across 1 run off a Souza single to score Beckham.

Wright also was lit up in his only other start against the Rays, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in four innings last August 31.

- Boston's bullpen hasn't always been a strength of late, but it did the job Monday, as four pitchers combined to strike out seven Rays over the final three innings. Taking the positive will only help him going forward.

RAYS KEY TRENDS: The Rays have lost five of their last six games overall and are just 1-5 in their last six divisional games. His streak of 25 consecutive saves is the second-longest active streak in the majors.

"I didn't catch the ball", Miller said.

The Rays called on Jumbo Diaz to pitch the bottom of the eighth and he kept the basepaths clear and the score at 2-1. He entered Sunday's game batting.241 (7-for-29) with zero homers and four RBIs.

Indeed, Kimbrel seems to have harnessed his occasionally wild fastball, combining it with a lethal curveball to rack up 12 strikeouts while walking just two in seven innings pitched.

Over the weekend, the Red Sox bullpen allowed just two runs in 14 1/3 innings, highlighting what has become an unexpected strength of the club in the first few weeks.

Sale walked Kevin Kiermaier to begin the third inning, and Steven Souza hits a single following a Tim Beckham strikeout.

The 2017 Boston Red Sox have 99 problems and pitching is now No. 1.

"You lose your pitcher basically before the second inning even starts", he said. While acquiring Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox cost some solid prospects and money, it's safe to say that so far it has been the right deal for Boston. Robbie Ross Jr, Ben Taylor, and Heath Hembree would bridge the gap to Craig Kimbrel. He also had a double and a single.

Kimbrel has experienced some bumps in the road since joining Boston in November 2015, posting a 2-6 record with a 3.40 ERA last season while battling a knee injury.

NOTES: The Red Sox honored the fourth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing in a pregame ceremony.

The Red Sox have been scheduled to play at home on Patriot's Day every year since 1959.

Right-hander Chase Whitley was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Sunday. Ramirez left for pinch runner Steve Selsky, limping slowly to the dugout. Mookie Betts is hitless in five career at-bats opposite Snell.

Now 6-8 after their promising 5-2 start, the Rays return home to open a series Tuesday against the Tigers.

Brian Johnson is expected to make the start for Boston against Toronto's Marcus Stroman.

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