Miller homers in 8th, Rays take 3 of 4 from Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays made a statement to the American League heading into the All-Star break: Don't count us out of the playoff race.

Brad Miller hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Rays took three of the four from AL East-leading Boston, beating the Red Sox 5-3 Sunday.

''That felt good,'' Miller said. ''That was a lot fun.''

Miller connected with two outs off Joe Kelly (3-1), sending a drive over the center field wall. Kelly had made a career-best 23 straight scoreless appearances.

''Wow!'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''What a way to go into the break. That's pretty exciting, man.''

Brad Boxberger (1-0) worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the eighth before Alex Colome got three outs for his 25th save.

Tampa Bay, at 47-43, has 13 more wins than last year at the All-Star break and trails the Red Sox by 3 1/2 games.

Boston completed a 10-game road trip at 6-4.

''Losing three against these guys kind of stung a little bit, but hopefully we can come out in the second half and have the same attitude of winning every day and winning series,'' Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts said.

Dustin Pedroia hit his second homer in three days and fourth of the year during the seventh off AL All Star Chris Archer, a two-run shot that put Boston up 3-2. It was the fourth time this season that an opponent hit a go-ahead homer against Archer in the sixth or seventh inning.

Mookie Betts homered on Archer's third pitch of the game to set a Red Sox record with his 11th career leadoff homer.

Tampa Bay tied it at 3 in the seventh on Corey Dickerson's sacrifice fly.

Archer, who gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, and one-time Rays ace David Price both had effective starts.

Price allowed two runs and five hits over six innings. He entered with a 19 1/3-inning scoreless streak against his former team.

''I still don't think we've played our best baseball yet,'' Price said. ''I think everybody in this clubhouse understands that.

Steven Souza Jr. hit a leadoff double in the Rays first and scored on Evan Longoria's single.

Longoria got his 53rd RBI, his most at the All-Star break since 2013 (52), on a third-inning sacrifice fly.

Boston had two on in both the third and fourth but failed to score. Souza made a full-extension diving catch in the fourth on Christian Vazquez's right-field foul drive.

''Once I closed in on it, I thought I had a legit chance,'' Souza said.

Hanley Ramirez, who failed to tag up at second on Souza's catch, was doubled up at first in the sixth after Dickerson made a leaping catch at the left-field wall on fly ball by Jackie Bradley Jr.

BREAK TIME

The Red Sox are first in the AL East at the All-Star break for the first time since 2013. Under the current 10-team playoff setup, all five of the AL East leaders entering the break have reached the postseason.

DODGING DANGER

Archer ducked and fell to the ground to avoid Pedroia's line single to center in the fifth. He lost his glove on the play.

TARINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee) allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings in his third rehab appearance at Triple-A Pawtucket and is scheduled to start against Toronto on July 17. ... INF Brock Holt (vertigo) is nearing a return but will remain with Triple-A Pawtucket this week.

Rays: SS Adeiny Hechavarria was out of the lineup due to a groin injury but entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Betts, LHP Chris Sale and RHP Craig Kimbrel will participate in Tuesday night's All-Star Game in Miami.

Rays: Dickerson will join Archer at the All-Star Game. Cash will be the AL bench coach.

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  • W: B. Boxberger (1-0)L: J. Kelly (3-1)S: A. Colome (25)
  • HR: BOS - D. Pedroia (4), M. Betts (16), TB - B. Miller (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF42111102.272.351.490.8418.0
D. Pedroia 2B51221023.300.379.394.7727.0
X. Bogaerts SS50000024.303.359.447.806-1.0
M. Moreland 1B30000113.257.348.445.7930.5
A. Benintendi LF40000011.279.357.446.803-0.5
H. Ramirez DH30200110.261.350.445.7942.5
J. Bradley CF30100111.280.363.490.8531.5
C. Vazquez C40000024.267.303.358.660-1.0
T. Lin 3B40300002.333.435.436.8713.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Souza RF32200100.271.369.500.8696.0
    C. Dickerson LF30110001.312.355.548.9033.0
    E. Longoria 3B30120001.259.317.427.7443.0
    L. Morrison 1B31000122.258.367.564.9311.0
    W. Ramos C40100013.242.297.576.8730.5
    T. Plouffe DH40100011.217.275.355.6300.5
    B. Miller 2B41121002.209.355.338.6937.0
    T. Featherston SS10000110.184.267.368.6350.5
    a- M. Smith PH-CF11000100.333.403.425.8282.0
    P. Bourjos CF20000011.242.294.432.726-0.5
    A. Hechavarria SS00000000.265.276.343.6190.0
    • a-walked for Featherston in the 7th
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Betts (16), D. Pedroia (4)
    • RBI - M. Betts (53), D. Pedroia 2 (41)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Pedroia 2 (20)
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Souza (16), C. Dickerson (24)
    • HR - B. Miller (3)
    • SF - C. Dickerson (2), E. Longoria (8)
    • SH - P. Bourjos
    • RBI - C. Dickerson (42), E. Longoria 2 (53), B. Miller 2 (17)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Miller 2 (5)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - C. Dickerson (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Price6.05222503.911.2614.5
    M. Barnes (H, 16)0.11111003.571.24-3.0
    J. Kelly (L, 3-1) (BS, 1)1.21221111.491.10-5.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Price6.0
    M. Barnes (H, 16)0.1
    J. Kelly (L, 3-1) (BS, 1)1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Archer6.28332823.951.2512.0
    T. Hunter0.10000102.131.070.5
    B. Boxberger (W, 1-0)1.00002100.000.758.5
    A. Colome (S, 25)1.01000003.761.359.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Archer6.2
    T. Hunter0.1
    B. Boxberger (W, 1-0)1.0
    A. Colome (S, 25)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 106-72, M. Barnes 12-5, J. Kelly 24-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 8-5, M. Barnes 1-0, J. Kelly 1-3
    • Batters Faced - D. Price 25, M. Barnes 3, J. Kelly 7
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 108-66, T. Hunter 3-3, B. Boxberger 20-11, A. Colome 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 4-7, A. Colome 1-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Archer 29, T. Hunter, B. Boxberger 5, A. Colome 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF42111102.272.351.490.8418.0
    D. Pedroia 2B51221023.300.379.394.7727.0
    X. Bogaerts SS50000024.303.359.447.806-1.0
    M. Moreland 1B30000113.257.348.445.7930.5
    A. Benintendi LF40000011.279.357.446.803-0.5
    H. Ramirez DH30200110.261.350.445.7942.5
    J. Bradley CF30100111.280.363.490.8531.5
    C. Vazquez C40000024.267.303.358.660-1.0
    T. Lin 3B40300002.333.435.436.8713.0
    Total35393241020-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Souza RF32200100.271.369.500.8696.0
      C. Dickerson LF30110001.312.355.548.9033.0
      E. Longoria 3B30120001.259.317.427.7443.0
      L. Morrison 1B31000122.258.367.564.9311.0
      W. Ramos C40100013.242.297.576.8730.5
      T. Plouffe DH40100011.217.275.355.6300.5
      B. Miller 2B41121002.209.355.338.6937.0
      T. Featherston SS10000110.184.267.368.6350.5
      a- M. Smith PH-CF11000100.333.403.425.8282.0
      P. Bourjos CF20000011.242.294.432.726-0.5
      A. Hechavarria SS00000000.265.276.343.6190.0
      Total2857514611-----
      • a-walked for Featherston in the 7th
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Betts (16), D. Pedroia (4)
      • RBI - M. Betts (53), D. Pedroia 2 (41)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Pedroia 2 (20)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Souza (16), C. Dickerson (24)
      • HR - B. Miller (3)
      • SF - C. Dickerson (2), E. Longoria (8)
      • SH - P. Bourjos
      • RBI - C. Dickerson (42), E. Longoria 2 (53), B. Miller 2 (17)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Miller 2 (5)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - C. Dickerson (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Price6.05222503.911.2614.5
      M. Barnes (H, 16)0.11111003.571.24-3.0
      J. Kelly (L, 3-1) (BS, 1)1.21221111.491.10-5.5
      Total8.0755461---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Price6.0
      M. Barnes (H, 16)0.1
      J. Kelly (L, 3-1) (BS, 1)1.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Archer6.28332823.951.2512.0
      T. Hunter0.10000102.131.070.5
      B. Boxberger (W, 1-0)1.00002100.000.758.5
      A. Colome (S, 25)1.01000003.761.359.0
      Total9.09334102---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Archer6.2
      T. Hunter0.1
      B. Boxberger (W, 1-0)1.0
      A. Colome (S, 25)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 106-72, M. Barnes 12-5, J. Kelly 24-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 8-5, M. Barnes 1-0, J. Kelly 1-3
      • Batters Faced - D. Price 25, M. Barnes 3, J. Kelly 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 108-66, T. Hunter 3-3, B. Boxberger 20-11, A. Colome 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 4-7, A. Colome 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Archer 29, T. Hunter, B. Boxberger 5, A. Colome 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Miller homered to center, Morrison scored35
      • 7TH INNING
        Dickerson hit sacrifice fly to left, Smith scored, Souza to second33
        Pedroia homered to right, Betts scored32
      • 3RD INNING
        Longoria hit sacrifice fly to right, Souza scored, Dickerson to third12
      • 1ST INNING
        Longoria singled to center, Souza scored11
        Betts homered to left center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Alex Colome relieved Brad Boxberger
        • T. Lin: Ball, Strike looking, Betts singled to center
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Betts popped out to shortstop
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pedroia reached on fielder's choice to third, Lin out at second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Pedroia to second on fielder's indifference, Bogaerts popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop
        • Brad Boxberger relieved Tommy Hunter
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Moreland flied out to deep left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi flied out to deep center
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked, Ramirez to second
        • C. Vazquez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Kelly Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Strike looking, Ramos lined out to right
        • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Plouffe struck out looking
        • B. Miller: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Miller homered to center, Morrison scored
        • M. Smith: Ball, Smith grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • T. Lin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lin singled to left
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Betts reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Lin out at second
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pedroia homered to right, Betts scored
        • Tommy Hunter relieved Chris Archer
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Barnes relieved David Price
        • Mallex Smith hit for Taylor Featherston
        • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
        • P. Bourjos: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Bourjos hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Smith to second
        • S. Souza: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Souza reached on an infield single to third, Smith to third
        • Joe Kelly relieved Matt Barnes
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Dickerson hit sacrifice fly to left, Smith scored, Souza to second
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Longoria flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi lined out to first
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to right
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley flied into double play left to second to first, Ramirez out at first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria grounded out to second
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramos singled to deep left
        • T. Plouffe: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Plouffe singled to left, Ramos to second
        • B. Miller: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Miller grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to third
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia singled to center
        • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts flied out to right
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • S. Souza: Souza flied out to left
        • C. Dickerson: Foul, Dickerson lined out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez singled to left
        • J. Bradley: Bradley singled to right center, Ramirez to second
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Vazquez fouled out to right
        • T. Lin: Strike looking, Ball, Lin grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • T. Plouffe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Plouffe flied out to center
        • B. Miller: Miller grounded out to second
        • T. Featherston: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Featherston struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • T. Lin: Lin singled to center
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked, Lin to second
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland flied out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Souza walked
        • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson doubled to shallow left, Souza to third
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Longoria hit sacrifice fly to right, Souza scored, Dickerson to third
        • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
        • W. Ramos: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • T. Plouffe: Foul, Ball, Plouffe flied out to left
        • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Miller grounded out to first
        • T. Featherston: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Featherston walked
        • P. Bourjos: Foul, Bourjos reached on fielder's choice to second, Featherston out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts homered to left center
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Pedroia struck out on foul tip
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts lined out to third
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Ball, Souza doubled to left center
        • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Dickerson grounded out to second, Souza to third
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria singled to center, Souza scored
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Morrison reached on fielder's choice to second, Longoria out at second
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramos reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Morrison out at second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)