Moreland's 2-run single leads Red Sox over Rays 7-5

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

Moreland hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning and drove in three runs, helping the Red Sox rally to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Boston trailed 5-4 before loading the bases against Danny Farquhar (0-1), and Moreland singled off left-hander Xavier Cedeno, who already has blown three leads this season.

''The group of guys in here just make it easy,'' Moreland said. ''It's been a smooth transition. When you have that, you get pretty comfortable, pretty quick.''

Moreland, signed as a free agent to a $5.5 million, one-year deal, has gone 16 for 33 after opening hitless in 12 at-bats.

''He's put together a number of quality at-bats of late,'' Boston manager John Farrell said.

Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez advanced from first to second on Moreland's hit and limped off with what Boston called a left hamstring cramp.

''I'll be fine,'' Ramirez said. ''I'll be in there tomorrow.''

Pablo Sandoval had a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who won their second straight after losing five of eight. Mookie Betts and Christian Vazquez each had three hits.

Vazquez added an RBI double in the eighth against Austin Pruitt.

Joe Kelly (2-0) allowed one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings, and Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

Brad Miller had a two-run triple, and Tim Beckham and Corey Dickerson hit solo homers for the Rays, who have lost five of six heading into Monday morning's Patriots' Day finale of the four-game series.

Tampa Bay had taken a 3-0 lead in the first.

''It was a little bit of a frustrating loss,'' manager Kevin Cash said. ''We had a few opportunities, but were unable to hold the lead.''

Beckham homered in the fifth for a 5-4 lead against starter Drew Pomeranz, who allowed five runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts.

Sandoval had tied the score 4-4 in the third when he homered off Alex Cobb, who gave up four runs and 11 hits in five innings. Panda jumped a couple of times to celebrate with teammates on his way back to the dugout.

''It was a weird one,'' Cobb said. ''Some situations that I put myself into or things didn't go your way happened.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi went on the 10-day DL, a day after he strained his left hamstring. RHP Chase Whitley was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

Red Sox: CF Jackie Bradley Jr., on the 10-day DL with a sprained right knee, is scheduled to start in pair of games at Triple-A Pawtucket during an injury rehabilitation assignment before he is activated. ... Dustin Pedroia fouled a ball off his left ankle, limped around but stayed in the game.

STRANGE START

Pomeranz threw his first seven pitches of the game for balls and got a mock cheer when he threw a strike. He also had a wild pitch.

CONTACT

Cobb failed to strike out any batters for the first time in 89 career major league starts.

''I think it comes back to not getting any strikeouts,'' he said of his outing. ''You've got to have times in the game where you can rely on that swing and miss pitch. I just didn't have it today.''

MORE CONTACT

Betts hasn't struck out in 119 plate appearances, the majors' longest stretch since Juan Pierre - then with Florida - went 147 in a row in 2004.

UP NEXT

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (0-1, 3.18 ERA) is slated to start the series finale.

Red Sox: Knuckleballer Steven Wright (0-1, 13.50) is set to start Monday in his first outing since giving up four homers in 1 1/3 innings against Baltimore.

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123456789RHE
TB6-7
300110000570
BOS7-5
20020021X7170
  • W: J. Kelly (2-0)L: D. Farquhar (0-1)S: C. Kimbrel (5)
  • HR: TB - T. Beckham (1), C. Dickerson (3), BOS - P. Sandoval (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Souza RF31000111.304.418.522.9401.5
K. Kiermaier CF31200110.229.339.292.6315.5
E. Longoria DH40000024.208.304.375.679-1.0
B. Miller 2B41120011.205.314.386.7005.5
R. Weeks 1B30000020.176.263.412.675-1.0
a- L. Morrison PH-1B00000100.325.357.575.9321.0
C. Dickerson LF41211002.333.388.6221.0107.0
D. Robertson 3B40000021.174.240.174.414-1.0
J. Sucre C30000020.250.308.500.808-1.0
b- S. Peterson PH10000010.286.286.7141.000-0.5
T. Beckham SS41211020.194.216.306.5226.0
  • a-walked for Weeks in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Sucre in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Pedroia 2B50000004.271.321.292.6120.0
A. Benintendi CF52300002.277.364.404.7687.0
M. Betts RF42310100.306.390.361.7518.0
H. Ramirez DH30200100.281.361.344.7053.0
S. Selsky PR-DH10000012.143.143.286.429-0.5
M. Moreland 1B30230100.356.442.6221.0656.0
X. Bogaerts SS41100006.375.412.406.8183.0
P. Sandoval 3B41121012.143.196.381.5776.5
C. Young LF41200010.289.372.342.7142.5
C. Vazquez C40310000.667.7141.0831.7985.0
    BATTING
    • 3B - B. Miller (2)
    • HR - C. Dickerson (3), T. Beckham
    • RBI - B. Miller 2 (6), C. Dickerson (6), T. Beckham
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Benintendi 2 (3), M. Betts (2), X. Bogaerts, C. Vazquez (3)
    • HR - P. Sandoval (3)
    • RBI - M. Betts (2), M. Moreland 3 (5), P. Sandoval 2 (9), C. Vazquez (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - K. Kiermaier (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - M. Betts
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - C. Dickerson
    FIELDING
    • PB - C. Vazquez
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Cobb5.011441014.502.40-1.0
    D. Farquhar (L, 0-1)1.12221203.862.25-6.0
    X. Cedeno (BS, 3)0.21000003.861.50-1.0
    A. Pruitt1.031111015.884.00-1.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Cobb5.0
    D. Farquhar (L, 0-1)1.1
    X. Cedeno (BS, 3)0.2
    A. Pruitt1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Pomeranz4.155521025.231.625.0
    J. Kelly (W, 2-0)2.21000002.250.3812.0
    M. Barnes (H, 3)0.21001200.003.00-1.0
    R. Scott (H, 2)0.10000000.000.000.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 5)1.00000201.500.0011.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Pomeranz4.1
    J. Kelly (W, 2-0)2.2
    M. Barnes (H, 3)0.2
    R. Scott (H, 2)0.1
    C. Kimbrel (S, 5)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - A. Pruitt
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 93-63, D. Farquhar 34-19, X. Cedeno 11-8, A. Pruitt 18-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 6-6
    • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 24, D. Farquhar 7, X. Cedeno 3, A. Pruitt 6
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Pomeranz
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 103-65, J. Kelly 28-16, M. Barnes 20-11, R. Scott 3-2, C. Kimbrel 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 1-2, J. Kelly 6-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 20, J. Kelly 8, M. Barnes 4, R. Scott, C. Kimbrel 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TB6-7
    300110000570
    BOS7-5
    20020021X7170
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Souza RF31000111.304.418.522.9401.5
    K. Kiermaier CF31200110.229.339.292.6315.5
    E. Longoria DH40000024.208.304.375.679-1.0
    B. Miller 2B41120011.205.314.386.7005.5
    R. Weeks 1B30000020.176.263.412.675-1.0
    a- L. Morrison PH-1B00000100.325.357.575.9321.0
    C. Dickerson LF41211002.333.388.6221.0107.0
    D. Robertson 3B40000021.174.240.174.414-1.0
    J. Sucre C30000020.250.308.500.808-1.0
    b- S. Peterson PH10000010.286.286.7141.000-0.5
    T. Beckham SS41211020.194.216.306.5226.0
    Total3357423149-----
    • a-walked for Weeks in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Sucre in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Pedroia 2B50000004.271.321.292.6120.0
    A. Benintendi CF52300002.277.364.404.7687.0
    M. Betts RF42310100.306.390.361.7518.0
    H. Ramirez DH30200100.281.361.344.7053.0
    S. Selsky PR-DH10000012.143.143.286.429-0.5
    M. Moreland 1B30230100.356.442.6221.0656.0
    X. Bogaerts SS41100006.375.412.406.8183.0
    P. Sandoval 3B41121012.143.196.381.5776.5
    C. Young LF41200010.289.372.342.7142.5
    C. Vazquez C40310000.667.7141.0831.7985.0
    Total37717713316-----
      BATTING
      • 3B - B. Miller (2)
      • HR - C. Dickerson (3), T. Beckham
      • RBI - B. Miller 2 (6), C. Dickerson (6), T. Beckham
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi 2 (3), M. Betts (2), X. Bogaerts, C. Vazquez (3)
      • HR - P. Sandoval (3)
      • RBI - M. Betts (2), M. Moreland 3 (5), P. Sandoval 2 (9), C. Vazquez (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Kiermaier (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - M. Betts
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - C. Dickerson
      FIELDING
      • PB - C. Vazquez
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cobb5.011441014.502.40-1.0
      D. Farquhar (L, 0-1)1.12221203.862.25-6.0
      X. Cedeno (BS, 3)0.21000003.861.50-1.0
      A. Pruitt1.031111015.884.00-1.5
      Total8.01777331---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cobb5.0
      D. Farquhar (L, 0-1)1.1
      X. Cedeno (BS, 3)0.2
      A. Pruitt1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Pomeranz4.155521025.231.625.0
      J. Kelly (W, 2-0)2.21000002.250.3812.0
      M. Barnes (H, 3)0.21001200.003.00-1.0
      R. Scott (H, 2)0.10000000.000.000.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 5)1.00000201.500.0011.0
      Total9.17553142---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Pomeranz4.1
      J. Kelly (W, 2-0)2.2
      M. Barnes (H, 3)0.2
      R. Scott (H, 2)0.1
      C. Kimbrel (S, 5)1.0
      Total9.1
      PITCHING
      • IBB - A. Pruitt
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 93-63, D. Farquhar 34-19, X. Cedeno 11-8, A. Pruitt 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 6-6
      • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 24, D. Farquhar 7, X. Cedeno 3, A. Pruitt 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Pomeranz
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 103-65, J. Kelly 28-16, M. Barnes 20-11, R. Scott 3-2, C. Kimbrel 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 1-2, J. Kelly 6-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 20, J. Kelly 8, M. Barnes 4, R. Scott, C. Kimbrel 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Vazquez doubled to shallow left, Young scored57
      • 7TH INNING
        Moreland singled to left, Benintendi and Betts scored, Ramirez to second56
      • 5TH INNING
        Beckham homered to center54
      • 4TH INNING
        Sandoval homered to left center, Bogaerts scored44
        Dickerson homered to center42
      • 1ST INNING
        Moreland reached on an infield single to second, Betts scored, Ramirez to third32
        Betts doubled to right, Benintendi scored31
        Miller scored on passed ball30
        Miller tripled to deep center, Souza and Kiermaier scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Kimbrel Pitching:
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Beckham struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Barnes Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier singled to left center
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Kiermaier stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson popped out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • C. Young: Young singled to shallow left
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Vazquez doubled to shallow left, Young scored
        • D. Pedroia: Strike (foul tip), Pedroia flied into double play left to third, Vazquez out at third
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi doubled to shallow left
        • M. Betts: Betts intentionally walked
        • S. Selsky: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Selsky struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Kelly Pitching:
        • D. Robertson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robertson grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Sucre grounded out to second
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Beckham singled to right center
        • S. Souza: Ball, Souza grounded into fielder's choice to second, Beckham out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Farquhar Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pedroia flied out to left
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Betts singled to shallow center, Benintendi to second
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez walked, Benintendi to third, Betts to second
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Moreland singled to left, Benintendi and Betts scored, Ramirez to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Bogaerts lined out to center
        • P. Sandoval: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sandoval lined out to left
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Kelly Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Foul, Ball, Miller grounded out to first
        • R. Weeks: Strike looking, Weeks grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dickerson flied out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Farquhar Pitching:
        • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
        • C. Young: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Beckham homered to center
        • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Foul, Souza lined out to right
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Kiermaier singled to center
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Longoria grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Kiermaier out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Betts grounded out to third
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez singled to left
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked, Ramirez to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Ramirez to third, Moreland out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • R. Weeks: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dickerson homered to center
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland popped out to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts doubled to left
        • P. Sandoval: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sandoval homered to left center, Bogaerts scored
        • C. Young: Strike looking, Young reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • C. Vazquez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Vazquez reached on an infield single to second, Young to second
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Pedroia flied out to deep center, Young to third
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria grounded out to third
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Miller lined out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi lined out to second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts singled to center
        • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Betts picked off at first, pitcher to first, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
        • T. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
        • S. Souza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Sandoval grounded out to second
        • C. Young: Ball, Foul, Young flied out to left
        • C. Vazquez: Foul, Vazquez reached on an infield single to first
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Souza walked
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier walked, Souza to second
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Miller tripled to deep center, Souza and Kiermaier scored
        • R. Weeks: Foul, Foul, Ball, Miller scored on passed ball, Ball, Strike looking, Weeks struck out looking
        • C. Dickerson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Dickerson reached on an infield single to second
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dickerson to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Robertson struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pedroia grounded out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi doubled to shallow left
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Betts doubled to right, Benintendi scored
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to left, Betts to third
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moreland reached on an infield single to second, Betts scored, Ramirez to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Bogaerts grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Moreland out at second
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)