Benintendi leads Red Sox over Rays 4-3 on Patriots' Day

BOSTON (AP) Steven Wright followed a spot start by working with former Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

He was much better this time.

Andrew Benintendi 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.

Wright (1-1) allowed only one earned run and nine hits before being pulled after a leadoff single in the seventh. The knuckleballer gave up four homers over 1 1/3 innings in his previous start.

Wakefield, who now works with NESN, won 186 games with the Red Sox from 1995-2011.

''I think anything can be better than the last start. I was fortunate to have Wake here, worked a lot,'' Wright said. ''I definitely was talking to him constantly the last four, five days just trying to bounce some things off him to get back to that timing and rhythm I had last year.''

Benintendi had three singles in the 11:05 a.m. start, which coincides with the Boston Marathon, and the Red Sox won their third straight after losing the opener of the four-game series.

Rookie Ben Taylor gave up a run-scoring single to Steven Souza Jr. with two outs in the seventh, then retired Logan Morrison on a bases-loaded flyout. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for a save on the third straight day, his sixth this season.

''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.

Boston trailed 2-1 in the second when Miller dropped an easy toss from shortstop Tim Beckham for what would have been an inning-ending forceout on Marco Hernandez's grounder. Benintendi's single to center put the Red Sox ahead, and Mookie Betts singled for a 4-2 lead.

''Just didn't catch the ball and it ended up costing us three runs and ended up being the difference in the game,'' Miller said. ''Just went in and came right out.''

Blake Snell (0-2) gave up four runs - one earned - and seven hits in five innings. The Rays completed a 1-6 trip that followed a franchise-best 5-2 start.

''Frustrating loss,'' manager Kevin Cash said. ''We talk about for us to have our best chance, we have to play clean baseball. We could probably go back to a couple plays on this road trip that it just didn't go our way.''

Some of the Rays were playful in their clubhouse early in the morning, with Morrison joking to teammates about the starting time: ''11 o'clock. Let's play baseball.''

Brad Miller and Souza Jr. hit consecutive run-scoring grounders in the first. Both runs were unearned because Hernandez, Boston's third baseman, dropped a foul popup by Kevin Kiermaier, who then singled.

Hanley Ramirez's RBI single in the bottom half cut the lead in half.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Ramirez was back in the starting lineup at DH after coming out of Sunday's game with a left hamstring cramp. ... LHP Eduardo Rodriguez was placed on paternity leave after his wife, Catherine, gave birth to a boy Sunday. He will miss his scheduled start in Toronto on Tuesday.

SPECIAL UNIFORM

The Red Sox wore white home jerseys with ''Boston'' across the front instead of ''Red Sox.'' It also included a patch that read ''Boston Strong.'' The jerseys and patch were created after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

EARLY SIGNING

Ramirez was on the field signing autographs for a while about 30 minutes before the first pitch.

STILL GOING

Betts hasn't struck out in 123 consecutive plate appearances, the longest streak by a Red Sox player since Denny Doyle's 159 in 1975.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Matt Andriese (0-0, 4.50 ERA) is set to start Tuesday when the Rays open a three-game series at home against Detroit. RHP Michael Fulmer (1-0, 2.25) is scheduled for the Tigers.

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).

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  • W: S. Wright (1-1)L: B. Snell (0-2)S: C. Kimbrel (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Dickerson LF51200011.340.389.6201.0093.5
K. Kiermaier CF51200023.245.344.302.6462.0
E. Longoria 3B40100111.212.311.365.6771.5
B. Miller 2B40110025.208.309.396.7052.0
S. Souza RF40220011.320.424.520.9443.5
L. Morrison 1B30000105.302.348.535.8831.0
R. Weeks DH40100034.190.261.429.6890.5
D. Norris C40100001.167.205.194.4002.0
T. Beckham SS41100011.200.220.300.5201.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Pedroia 2B32100100.275.333.294.6274.0
    A. Benintendi CF40320000.314.390.431.8215.0
    M. Betts RF40210003.325.400.400.8004.0
    H. Ramirez DH30110101.286.375.343.7183.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40000014.333.368.361.730-0.5
    M. Moreland 1B30000120.333.429.5831.0120.0
    C. Young LF40100011.286.362.333.695-0.5
    S. Leon C41100001.265.265.412.6762.0
    M. Hernandez 3B31000021.261.261.304.5650.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Dickerson (5), B. Miller (2), R. Weeks (2), D. Norris
      • RBI - B. Miller (7), S. Souza 2 (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Souza (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (3)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (9), M. Betts (3), H. Ramirez (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (7), M. Betts, H. Ramirez
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - C. Young
      FIELDING
      • E - B. Miller (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Hernandez (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell (L, 0-2)5.07412502.761.802.5
      T. Hunter1.01000101.421.002.5
      C. Whitley2.01001000.001.004.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell (L, 0-2)5.0
      T. Hunter1.0
      C. Whitley2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Wright (W, 1-1)6.09311408.361.6719.0
      R. Ross (H, 1)0.21001205.403.00-1.0
      B. Taylor (H, 1)0.11000001.593.00-1.0
      H. Hembree (H, 4)1.00000203.000.004.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 6)1.00000301.290.0011.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Wright (W, 1-1)6.0
      R. Ross (H, 1)0.2
      B. Taylor (H, 1)0.1
      H. Hembree (H, 4)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 6)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 102-62, T. Hunter 7-5, C. Whitley 28-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 8-2, C. Whitley 1-5
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 24, T. Hunter 3, C. Whitley 8
      PITCHING
      • IBB - R. Ross
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Wright 98-64, R. Ross 19-12, B. Taylor 12-8, H. Hembree 10-9, C. Kimbrel 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Wright 8-5
      • Batters Faced - S. Wright 27, R. Ross 4, B. Taylor 2, H. Hembree 3, C. Kimbrel 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      C. Dickerson LF51200011.340.389.6201.0093.5
      K. Kiermaier CF51200023.245.344.302.6462.0
      E. Longoria 3B40100111.212.311.365.6771.5
      B. Miller 2B40110025.208.309.396.7052.0
      S. Souza RF40220011.320.424.520.9443.5
      L. Morrison 1B30000105.302.348.535.8831.0
      R. Weeks DH40100034.190.261.429.6890.5
      D. Norris C40100001.167.205.194.4002.0
      T. Beckham SS41100011.200.220.300.5201.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. Pedroia 2B32100100.275.333.294.6274.0
        A. Benintendi CF40320000.314.390.431.8215.0
        M. Betts RF40210003.325.400.400.8004.0
        H. Ramirez DH30110101.286.375.343.7183.0
        X. Bogaerts SS40000014.333.368.361.730-0.5
        M. Moreland 1B30000120.333.429.5831.0120.0
        C. Young LF40100011.286.362.333.695-0.5
        S. Leon C41100001.265.265.412.6762.0
        M. Hernandez 3B31000021.261.261.304.5650.0
        Total3249403611-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Dickerson (5), B. Miller (2), R. Weeks (2), D. Norris
          • RBI - B. Miller (7), S. Souza 2 (10)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Souza (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Betts (3)
          • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (9), M. Betts (3), H. Ramirez (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (7), M. Betts, H. Ramirez
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - C. Young
          FIELDING
          • E - B. Miller (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - M. Hernandez (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Snell (L, 0-2)5.07412502.761.802.5
          T. Hunter1.01000101.421.002.5
          C. Whitley2.01001000.001.004.0
          Total8.0941360---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Snell (L, 0-2)5.0
          T. Hunter1.0
          C. Whitley2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Wright (W, 1-1)6.09311408.361.6719.0
          R. Ross (H, 1)0.21001205.403.00-1.0
          B. Taylor (H, 1)0.11000001.593.00-1.0
          H. Hembree (H, 4)1.00000203.000.004.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 6)1.00000301.290.0011.5
          Total9.011312110---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Wright (W, 1-1)6.0
          R. Ross (H, 1)0.2
          B. Taylor (H, 1)0.1
          H. Hembree (H, 4)1.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 6)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 102-62, T. Hunter 7-5, C. Whitley 28-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 8-2, C. Whitley 1-5
          • Batters Faced - B. Snell 24, T. Hunter 3, C. Whitley 8
          PITCHING
          • IBB - R. Ross
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Wright 98-64, R. Ross 19-12, B. Taylor 12-8, H. Hembree 10-9, C. Kimbrel 15-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Wright 8-5
          • Batters Faced - S. Wright 27, R. Ross 4, B. Taylor 2, H. Hembree 3, C. Kimbrel 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Souza singled to shallow left, Beckham scored, Dickerson to third, Longoria to second34
          • 2ND INNING
            Betts singled to left, Pedroia scored, Benintendi to third, Betts to second24
            Benintendi singled to center, Leon and Hernandez scored, Pedroia to second23
          • 1ST INNING
            Ramirez singled to right, Pedroia scored21
            Souza grounded out to third, Kiermaier scored20
            Miller grounded out to pitcher, Dickerson scored, Kiermaier to third, Longoria to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Kimbrel Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • H. Hembree Pitching:
            • R. Weeks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
            • D. Norris: Foul, Norris flied out to deep center
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Whitley Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts flied out to deep center
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moreland walked
            • C. Young: Foul, Ball, Young popped out to second
            • S. Leon: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Leon lined out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Beckham singled to left
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Dickerson doubled to shallow left, Beckham to third
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • E. Longoria: Longoria intentionally walked
            • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
            • S. Souza: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Souza singled to shallow left, Beckham scored, Dickerson to third, Longoria to second
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Morrison flied out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Whitley Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia popped out to first
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi lined out to left
            • M. Betts: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Betts doubled to left center
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • S. Souza: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Souza struck out on foul tip
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison grounded out to third
            • R. Weeks: Ball, Strike looking, Weeks doubled to deep right
            • D. Norris: Ball, Ball, Norris lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Hunter Pitching:
            • C. Young: Young singled to left
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Young picked off at second, pitcher to first, Leon flied out to deep left
            • M. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier singled to shallow right
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Longoria grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Kiermaier out at second
            • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to first
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • D. Norris: Foul, Norris flied out to right
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • M. Hernandez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi reached on an infield single to second
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded into fielder's choice to third, Benintendi out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • E. Longoria: Longoria grounded out to third
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Miller doubled to deep left
            • S. Souza: Souza singled to left center, Miller to third
            • L. Morrison: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Morrison popped out to third
            • R. Weeks: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Young: Ball, Young flied out to deep right
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Leon grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • D. Norris: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Norris doubled to deep center
            • T. Beckham: Foul, Beckham grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Dickerson: Foul, Dickerson flied out to deep right
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Leon singled to center
            • M. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Leon to second on shortstop Miller fielding error
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked, Leon to third, Hernandez to second
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to center, Leon and Hernandez scored, Pedroia to second
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Betts singled to left, Pedroia scored, Benintendi to third, Betts to second
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson singled to left
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul on 2nd baseman Hernandez dropped ball error, Ball, Kiermaier singled to right, Dickerson to second
            • E. Longoria: Foul, Ball, Foul, Longoria singled to shallow left, Dickerson to third, Kiermaier to second
            • B. Miller: Miller grounded out to pitcher, Dickerson scored, Kiermaier to third, Longoria to second
            • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Souza grounded out to third, Kiermaier scored
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
            • R. Weeks: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia singled to shallow center
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Benintendi singled to left, Pedroia to second
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts grounded into double play second to first, Pedroia to third, Benintendi out at second
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to right, Pedroia scored
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bogaerts popped out to first
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)