Pomeranz, Betts power Red Sox past Rays 9-3

BOSTON (AP) Drew Pomeranz takes pride in his newfound role as a pillar in the Boston Red Sox's rotation, all because of the impact his success has on his teammates in the bullpen.

Pomeranz, who manger John Farrell likened to a stabilizing structure before the game, lived up to the billing when he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and gave up two runs over six to help the Red Sox rout the Tampa Bay Rays 9-3 on Friday night.

''I take a lot of pride in it,'' Pomeranz said. ''I like to go out there (in the bullpen) and let those guys know that they can rest, give them some time to settle in.''

Pomeranz (15-5) struck out seven, allowed two hits and walked two en route to tying Chris Sale for the team lead in victories.

''Chris is the best pitcher in baseball. I don't really feel too competitive with him because he's unreal,'' Pomeranz said when asked if there was any friendly competition between the two pitchers.

Mookie Betts hit a three-run home run for the Red Sox (80-61), who moved 4 1/2 games ahead of the New York Yankees atop the AL East. Tampa Bay (70-72) fell 4 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card spot.

Jesus Sucre slugged a two-run homer for the Rays, who have homered in a season franchise record 18 straight games.

''That's how we're built, to hit the ball out of the ballpark,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''Ideally, we do that with men on base.''

Chris Archer (9-9) was roughed up for a season-high eight runs, six earned, and nine hits and struck out five in three-plus innings.

''They found a way to hit balls hard and hit balls soft and find hits,'' Archer said. ''If I execute at a higher level, I'm at least able to limit the damage.''

Boston chased Archer from the game with five runs in the fourth to build an 8-0 lead.

Pomeranz's no-hit bid was broken up by Brad Miller's one-out single in the fifth. Sucre added his two-run blast over the Green Monster in left field.

A PESKY FIRST

Betts blasted his homer around Pesky's Pole in right field in the first inning, marking the first time he has hooked a ball around the famous foul pole.

''First (time) for everything,'' Betts said. ''It's tough to hit them over there, but I was lucky enough to get it.''

ESCAPING IRMA

Tampa Bay's upcoming three-game series against the Yankees, scheduled to begin Monday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, has been moved to Citi Field in New York because of Hurricane Irma.

''Wherever we need to play, we'll go play and hope for the best back home,'' Cash said.

JetBlue Park, the Red Sox's spring training home in Fort Myers, Florida, will serve as a headquarters for first responders during the storm.

JERRY'S BACK

Red Sox TV analyst Jerry Remy returned to the booth to broadcast Friday's game after undergoing surgery and treatment for lung cancer. The 64-year-old was diagnosed with a fifth recurrence of the cancer and stepped aside in June.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: RF Steven Souza Jr. left the game in the fourth inning after suffering a left knee bruise during a collision with the right-field wall. Initial tests revealed no structural damage and he will be re-evaluated Saturday. ''As soon as it happened, I had a pretty sharp pain running through my kneecap,'' Souza said. ... RHP Nathan Eovaldi (Tommy John surgery recovery) and LHP Xavier Cedeno (forearm) will pitch for Double-A Montgomery in the Southern League playoffs Saturday.

Red Sox: INF/OF Eduardo Nunez experienced minor mid-back spasms during Wednesday's game and was out of the lineup. He is expected to return Saturday. ... LHP David Price (left elbow inflammation) will throw two simulated innings of 15 to 18 pitches each on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Matt Andriese (5-2, 3.78 ERA) hopes to replicate the success of his last start at Fenway Park on May 14, when he tossed five two-run innings. Andriese is 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA lifetime against Boston.

Red Sox: LHP Sale (15-7, 2.85 ERA) looks to break out of his recent funk after going 1-3 with a 5.48 ERA in his last four starts. Sale is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in four starts against Tampa Bay this season.

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RaysTB70-72
000020100351
Red SoxBOS80-61
30050010X9120
  • W: D. Pomeranz (15-5)L: C. Archer (9-9)
  • HR: TB - J. Sucre (5), BOS - M. Betts (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Kiermaier CF40000112.279.343.452.7950.5
L. Duda DH30010003.230.336.527.8642.0
E. Longoria 3B20000203.265.321.435.7562.0
L. Morrison 1B40000022.250.351.533.883-1.0
S. Souza RF20000021.246.351.477.828-1.0
P. Bourjos RF20000010.224.275.391.666-0.5
C. Dickerson LF40000021.282.328.503.830-1.0
A. Hechavarria SS41100000.252.280.376.6562.0
B. Miller 2B31200011.191.332.317.6503.5
J. Sucre C41221012.259.297.392.6897.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Pedroia 2B42100012.300.375.398.7732.5
    B. Holt 2B10000000.179.285.217.5020.0
    A. Benintendi LF52210010.271.355.430.7855.5
    M. Betts RF41131110.262.342.436.7788.5
    H. Ramirez DH30110110.243.326.433.7592.5
    M. Moreland 1B40100023.248.329.432.7620.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40000013.266.328.396.724-0.5
    R. Devers 3B32300100.305.368.525.8937.0
    C. Vazquez C41210013.290.333.405.7394.5
    J. Bradley CF41110022.257.335.425.7602.0
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Sucre (5)
      • RBI - L. Duda (59), J. Sucre 2 (26)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi (20), R. Devers (7), C. Vazquez (15)
      • HR - M. Betts (19)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi (76), M. Betts 3 (81), H. Ramirez (55), C. Vazquez (27), J. Bradley (58)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Vazquez (14)
      FIELDING
      • DP - A. Hechavarria, E. Longoria, L. Morrison
      • E - L. Morrison (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Archer (L, 9-9)3.09861514.001.24-9.5
      C. Roe1.01001104.501.751.5
      J. Alvarado1.01000104.501.132.5
      A. Kittredge1.00000103.381.383.5
      R. Stanek1.01111207.202.071.0
      C. Whitley1.00000003.210.993.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Pomeranz (W, 15-5)6.02222713.351.3625.5
      J. Kelly0.12111102.761.22-3.5
      A. Reed1.00000003.201.053.0
      A. Maddox1.21000200.000.643.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Pomeranz (W, 15-5)6.0
      J. Kelly0.1
      A. Reed1.0
      A. Maddox1.2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 81-53, C. Roe 19-10, J. Alvarado 18-11, A. Kittredge 10-6, R. Stanek 19-13, C. Whitley 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 3-2, C. Roe 1-0, A. Kittredge 1-1, C. Whitley 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Archer 20, C. Roe 4, J. Alvarado 4, A. Kittredge 3, R. Stanek 5, C. Whitley 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Pomeranz (6)
      • HBP - D. Pomeranz 2 (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 103-65, J. Kelly 17-8, A. Reed 10-6, A. Maddox 19-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 4-7, A. Reed 2-1, A. Maddox 1-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 24, J. Kelly 4, A. Reed 3, A. Maddox 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      RaysTB70-72
      000020100351
      Red SoxBOS80-61
      30050010X9120
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Kiermaier CF40000112.279.343.452.7950.5
      L. Duda DH30010003.230.336.527.8642.0
      E. Longoria 3B20000203.265.321.435.7562.0
      L. Morrison 1B40000022.250.351.533.883-1.0
      S. Souza RF20000021.246.351.477.828-1.0
      P. Bourjos RF20000010.224.275.391.666-0.5
      C. Dickerson LF40000021.282.328.503.830-1.0
      A. Hechavarria SS41100000.252.280.376.6562.0
      B. Miller 2B31200011.191.332.317.6503.5
      J. Sucre C41221012.259.297.392.6897.5
      Total32353131015-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. Pedroia 2B42100012.300.375.398.7732.5
        B. Holt 2B10000000.179.285.217.5020.0
        A. Benintendi LF52210010.271.355.430.7855.5
        M. Betts RF41131110.262.342.436.7788.5
        H. Ramirez DH30110110.243.326.433.7592.5
        M. Moreland 1B40100023.248.329.432.7620.0
        X. Bogaerts SS40000013.266.328.396.724-0.5
        R. Devers 3B32300100.305.368.525.8937.0
        C. Vazquez C41210013.290.333.405.7394.5
        J. Bradley CF41110022.257.335.425.7602.0
        Total369127131013-----
          BATTING
          • HR - J. Sucre (5)
          • RBI - L. Duda (59), J. Sucre 2 (26)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Benintendi (20), R. Devers (7), C. Vazquez (15)
          • HR - M. Betts (19)
          • RBI - A. Benintendi (76), M. Betts 3 (81), H. Ramirez (55), C. Vazquez (27), J. Bradley (58)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Vazquez (14)
          FIELDING
          • DP - A. Hechavarria, E. Longoria, L. Morrison
          • E - L. Morrison (6)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Archer (L, 9-9)3.09861514.001.24-9.5
          C. Roe1.01001104.501.751.5
          J. Alvarado1.01000104.501.132.5
          A. Kittredge1.00000103.381.383.5
          R. Stanek1.01111207.202.071.0
          C. Whitley1.00000003.210.993.0
          Total8.012973101---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Archer (L, 9-9)3.0
          C. Roe1.0
          J. Alvarado1.0
          A. Kittredge1.0
          R. Stanek1.0
          C. Whitley1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Pomeranz (W, 15-5)6.02222713.351.3625.5
          J. Kelly0.12111102.761.22-3.5
          A. Reed1.00000003.201.053.0
          A. Maddox1.21000200.000.643.0
          Total9.05333101---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Pomeranz (W, 15-5)6.0
          J. Kelly0.1
          A. Reed1.0
          A. Maddox1.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 81-53, C. Roe 19-10, J. Alvarado 18-11, A. Kittredge 10-6, R. Stanek 19-13, C. Whitley 10-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 3-2, C. Roe 1-0, A. Kittredge 1-1, C. Whitley 1-2
          • Batters Faced - C. Archer 20, C. Roe 4, J. Alvarado 4, A. Kittredge 3, R. Stanek 5, C. Whitley 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Pomeranz (6)
          • HBP - D. Pomeranz 2 (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 103-65, J. Kelly 17-8, A. Reed 10-6, A. Maddox 19-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 4-7, A. Reed 2-1, A. Maddox 1-2
          • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 24, J. Kelly 4, A. Reed 3, A. Maddox 6
          • 7TH INNING
            Vazquez doubled to left center, Devers scored39
            Duda reached on fielder's choice to second, Hechavarria scored, Sucre to third, Kiermaier out at second38
          • 5TH INNING
            Sucre homered to left, Miller scored28
          • 4TH INNING
            Moreland grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Benintendi scored, Betts to third, Ramirez out at second08
            Ramirez singled to shallow left, Pedroia scored, Benintendi to third, Betts to second07
            Benintendi singled to center, Bradley scored, Pedroia to second06
            Pedroia safe at first on 1st baseman Morrison fielding error, Vazquez scored, Bradley to third05
            Bradley singled to center, Devers scored, Vazquez to second04
          • 1ST INNING
            Betts homered to right, Pedroia and Benintendi scored03
          • 9TH INNING
            • A. Maddox Pitching:
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Hechavarria flied out to right
            • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Miller singled to shallow center
            • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike looking, Miller to second on fielder's indifference, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sucre struck out looking
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Kiermaier flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Brock Holt at second
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison grounded out to first
            • Austin Maddox relieved Addison Reed
            • P. Bourjos: Bourjos grounded out to third
            • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chase Whitley relieved Ryne Stanek
            • B. Holt: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Holt flied out to left
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Joe Kelly relieved Drew Pomeranz
            • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Hechavarria singled to right
            • B. Miller: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
            • J. Sucre: Ball, Ball, Sucre singled to left, Hechavarria to second
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier walked, Hechavarria to third, Sucre to second
            • Addison Reed relieved Joe Kelly
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Duda reached on fielder's choice to second, Hechavarria scored, Sucre to third, Kiermaier out at second
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria lined out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Ryne Stanek relieved Andrew Kittredge
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts flied out to right
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Devers walked
            • C. Vazquez: Vazquez doubled to left center, Devers scored
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
            • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bourjos struck out looking
            • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Andrew Kittredge relieved Jose Alvarado
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Betts lined out to right
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hechavarria flied out to deep center
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Miller singled to shallow center
            • J. Sucre: Ball, Ball, Sucre homered to left, Miller scored
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Duda hit by pitch
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Duda to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Longoria flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jose Alvarado relieved Chaz Roe
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Devers singled to left
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Vazquez lined out to right
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley lined out to center
            • D. Pedroia: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pedroia struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Longoria walked
            • L. Morrison: Foul, Morrison fouled out to right
            • S. Souza: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Dickerson struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Archer Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Devers doubled to deep left
            • C. Vazquez: Vazquez singled to right, Devers to third
            • Peter Bourjos in right
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Bradley singled to center, Devers scored, Vazquez to second
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia safe at first on 1st baseman Morrison fielding error, Vazquez scored, Bradley to third
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Benintendi singled to center, Bradley scored, Pedroia to second
            • Chaz Roe relieved Chris Archer
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Betts walked, Pedroia to third, Benintendi to second
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ramirez singled to shallow left, Pedroia scored, Benintendi to third, Betts to second
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Benintendi scored, Betts to third, Ramirez out at second
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • B. Miller: Ball, Miller hit by pitch
            • J. Sucre: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Sucre fouled out to right
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier grounded out to pitcher, Miller to second
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Duda grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Archer Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • S. Souza: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
            • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dickerson lined out to left
            • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Archer Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • D. Pedroia: Strike swinging, Pedroia flied out to right
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kiermaier flied out to left
            • L. Duda: Duda lined out to right
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Longoria walked
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Archer Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia singled to left
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Benintendi doubled to left, Pedroia to third
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts homered to right, Pedroia and Benintendi scored
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moreland singled to right
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to center
            • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Foul, Devers singled to right, Moreland to second
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Vazquez struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)