Red Sox bats come alive in 9-2 win over Rays

After the past few days were spent attacking the Red Sox and their lack of offensive production, particularly with runners in scoring position, the team silenced those thoughts, at least for one night. The team pounded 10 hits, including going 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position in their 9-2 win over the Rays Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

The Red Sox did the majority of their damage in the third inning when they scored eight runs, four off of Rays starter David Price before he left the game with triceps tightness. The inning was capped by a grand slam from Stephen Drew, the third of the year for Red Sox hitters. The Red Sox finished with six extra-base hits in the win.

The offense was led by Drew (four RBIs), Will Middlebrooks (home run, RBI) and Dustin Pedroia (RBI) as all three players recorded two hits. Every Red Sox starter scored a run except Shane Victorino.

Jon Lester improved to 6-0 on the year with another ace-like performance. Lester went seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and struck out five. Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless eighth and Jose De La Torre the ninth to secure the win.

The teams play the rubber game of their three-game series tomorrow night (7:10, NESN) with Felix Doubront going against Alex Cobb for the Rays.

What they’ll be saying: This was a much needed win and offensive outburst for the Sox as they entered the game losers of nine of their last 11. They were able to string together hits, particularly in the third inning, which was something the team couldn’t seem to do in their recent skid and was a major reason for their lack of production. The team had four straight hits in the eight-run inning … Lester has been outstanding this season, clearly a man on a mission to offset last season. Although he had to battle all game long, unlike his last outing (a complete game one-hit shutout), he was able to get out of trouble when he needed to as the Rays went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Train selfie star who got kicked in the…

  A 22-year-old Canadian man who posted a video of himself getting kicked in the head by a train conductor is set to cash in…

National

Call of Duty hoaxer blamed for $100K SWAT…

A heavilly-armed SWAT team and an army of police officers stormed a Long Island home fearing a grisly double homicide – only to find it…

National

Minnie Driver tweets naked celebrity snap to 'shut…

Actress Minnie Driver has responded to bitchy critics who sniped about her bikini body by Tweeting a naked picture of herself. The 44-year-old star of…

National

American middle classes no longer world's richest (guess…

America's middle classes are no longer the richest in the world – having been overtaken in the wealth stakes by their Canadian counterparts. For almost…

Television

John Turturro tags in for Robert De Niro…

The cast of the courtroom drama miniseries has undergone yet another shift. Following Robert De Niro's exit, the cable network has brought in John Turturro…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 22: 'Glee,' 'Agents…

'Glee' Rachel makes her Broadway debut in "Funny Girl." Remember when she was just a high school drama nerd? FOX, 8PM 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'…

The Word

Lindsay Lohan's big, drunk interview

Lindsay Lohan appears to be completely off the wagon now, if Kode magazine's chronicle of her trip to Coachella is any indication. According to the…

The Word

What we learned from the premiere of 'True…

Does watching someone's marriage implode make for great TV? The show runners at "True Tori" think Tori Spelling's heartbreak is hot stuff indeed.

NBA

Nets settle for 1-1 series tie with Game…

DeMar DeRozan, who was an All-Star this season, hit two huge jumpers back-to-back to give the Raptors an 89-85 lead over the Nets with 2:10 to play.

NHL

Rangers reclaim home ice with Game 3 road…

The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period for the second straight game. This time, they held on.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers,…

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers, Cardinals, Yankees surge. The A's, Braves, Rangers, Giants and Rockies are also in the top 10.

NBA

Jason Kidd reacts to Mike Woodson being fired…

Jason Kidd played for Mike Woodson last year and Joe Johnson spent four seasons being the main focus on offense for Woodson in Atlanta.

Wellbeing

How to burn off all that Easter candy

Sorry to be a buzzkill, but you can't eat chocolate eggs and Jelly Bellys forever.

Food

Powdered alcohol: 5 things to know about 'Palcohol'

What's the deal with powdered alcohol? Here's what you need to know about Palcohol.

Travel

Travel hacks: 6 tips on living out of…

Lynne Martin shares her travel hacks on living out of just two suitcases.

Wellbeing

Tough Mudder pro gives tips on conquering a…

Learn hacks from head designer Nolan Kombol.