Snell strikes out 9, Rays top Red Sox for 7th straight win

BOSTON (AP) A strong start by Blake Snell and a few home runs were enough for Tampa Bay to extend its winning streak to seven.

Snell struck out nine while pitching into the eighth inning for the first time in his career and the Rays held on to beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Friday night.

Wilson Ramos hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Rays, who added solo homers by Rob Refsnyder and Daniel Robertson while handing the Red Sox just their second loss at home this season.

''To see the offense put four runs on the board, it just allows me to be more aggressive,'' said Snell, who won his fourth consecutive start. ''It just allows me to miss in the zone and be OK with it.''

Snell (4-1) struck out five straight during a stretch in the first three innings and didn't allow a baserunner until the fourth.

Xander Bogaerts, back in the lineup for the first time in nearly three weeks, had Boston's first hit off Snell, a leadoff single in the fifth. Bogaerts finished 3 for 4 in his first action since missing 15 games with a broken bone in his left ankle. He struck out in his first at-bat, one of many victims to Snell's curveball.

''His curveball was on point and that one he threw me was pretty nasty,'' Bogaerts said.

Snell allowed two runs on five hits and one walk in 7 1/3 innings. Alex Colome worked the ninth for his fifth save in seven opportunities, striking out pinch-hitter Andrew Benintendi looking to end it.

''It's Fenway Park. There's always going to be drama when you're in a one-run ballgame,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''That offense is too talented not to, but Alex - he threw a heck of a ball.''

Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez hit RBI doubles for the Red Sox, who have lost four of six. Boston left five runners on base, including Bogaerts in the ninth, and the Red Sox struck out 11 times.

''We're striking out too much lately. It's becoming an issue,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''There are certain situations that we have to put the ball in play.''

Drew Pomeranz (0-1) lasted five innings in his second start of the season. Pomeranz, who missed the first 18 games with a forearm injury, allowed four runs - all on homers - struck out four and walked two.

Ramos' two-out blast over the Green Monster scored C.J. Cron in the first. Refsnyder led off the third with another shot over the Monster, his first homer since October 2015. Robertson led off the fourth with another homer to left.

Pomeranz said he just didn't have command of his curveball.

Boston didn't have a baserunner until Snell walked Betts to start the fourth.

Snell took a shutout into the sixth, when Christian Vazquez led off with a double off the wall in left and scored on Betts' one-out double to center. Martinez drove in Betts with a two-out double down the line in right.

Betts doubled again in the eighth off Chaz Roe and scored on a single by Martinez.

BOGAERTS IS BACK

Bogaerts made a great defensive play in the sixth with a diving stop on a hard grounder, then threw out Ramos from his knees.

Bogaerts said he still has some pain in his ankle, comparing it to a couple of needles stabbing him, but felt ready to go. He injured himself April 8 while sliding into the Rays dugout to grab an errant ball.

''It's been amazing improvement,'' he said. ''It's (pain) there but I think I'm good enough to play.''

LONG TIME

Refsnyder's last hit a homer Oct. 1, 2015, when he was a member of the New York Yankees in a game against the Red Sox. His three career home runs have all come against Boston.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Activated 3B Matt Duffy (strained right hamstring) from the 10-day disabled list and optioned RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham.

Red Sox: Activated Bogaerts and placed IF/OF Brock Holt on the 10-day DL because of a strained left hamstring.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Yonny Chirinos (0-1, 2.92 ERA) went 4 2/3 innings Sunday while allowing two runs on four hits in his first appearance as the Rays' fourth starter.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (2-2) gets his third start in the first month of the season against his former club. Price pitched seven scoreless innings in each of the first two starts against the Rays.

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  • W: B. Snell (4-1)L: D. Pomeranz (0-1)S: A. Colome (5)
  • HR: TB - W. Ramos (3), D. Robertson (3), R. Refsnyder (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Duffy 3B50100021.262.294.338.6330.0
C. Cron DH31200102.278.327.522.8494.0
C. Gomez RF40000033.168.225.305.531-1.5
W. Ramos C41121001.261.311.449.7607.0
D. Robertson 2B31211000.364.507.6361.1439.0
B. Miller 1B40100001.216.281.314.5941.0
A. Hechavarria SS40100003.272.303.358.6611.0
M. Smith CF40000001.333.400.431.8310.0
R. Refsnyder LF21211100.200.429.350.7797.0
a- D. Span PH-LF00000100.254.370.388.7580.0
  • a-walked for Refsnyder in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF32210100.341.433.7271.16010.0
H. Ramirez DH40000023.314.375.465.840-1.0
J. Martinez LF40220011.315.357.573.9304.5
M. Moreland 1B40000024.288.345.500.845-1.0
X. Bogaerts SS40300010.405.432.7381.1703.5
E. Nunez 3B-2B40000023.241.284.398.682-1.0
J. Bradley CF40000023.205.295.333.629-1.0
C. Vazquez C31100001.194.260.254.5143.0
a- A. Benintendi PH10000011.229.350.373.723-0.5
T. Lin 2B20000001.240.345.320.6650.0
b- B. Swihart PH10000000.167.211.222.4330.0
R. Devers 3B00000000.261.320.424.7440.0
  • a-struck out for Vazquez in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Lin in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Robertson (6)
  • HR - W. Ramos (3), D. Robertson (3), R. Refsnyder
  • RBI - W. Ramos 2 (11), D. Robertson (7), R. Refsnyder
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos 2 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts 2 (10), J. Martinez (6), X. Bogaerts (8), C. Vazquez (4)
  • RBI - M. Betts (18), J. Martinez 2 (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez 2 (11)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - R. Refsnyder, D. Span
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Betts (3)
FIELDING
  • E - B. Snell
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (W, 4-1)7.15221902.520.9527.5
C. Roe (H, 6)0.22110003.601.30-3.0
A. Colome (S, 5)1.01000205.732.0910.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (W, 4-1)7.1
C. Roe (H, 6)0.2
A. Colome (S, 5)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Pomeranz (L, 0-1)5.06442437.271.730.0
H. Velazquez3.14001002.251.304.0
H. Hembree0.20000103.460.920.5
PITCHERSIP
D. Pomeranz (L, 0-1)5.0
H. Velazquez3.1
H. Hembree0.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 104-68, C. Roe 15-9, A. Colome 19-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 8-4, C. Roe 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 27, C. Roe 4, A. Colome 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - H. Velazquez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 81-49, H. Velazquez 53-35, H. Hembree 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 3-6, H. Velazquez 5-4
  • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 21, H. Velazquez 15, H. Hembree
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Duffy 3B50100021.262.294.338.6330.0
C. Cron DH31200102.278.327.522.8494.0
C. Gomez RF40000033.168.225.305.531-1.5
W. Ramos C41121001.261.311.449.7607.0
D. Robertson 2B31211000.364.507.6361.1439.0
B. Miller 1B40100001.216.281.314.5941.0
A. Hechavarria SS40100003.272.303.358.6611.0
M. Smith CF40000001.333.400.431.8310.0
R. Refsnyder LF21211100.200.429.350.7797.0
a- D. Span PH-LF00000100.254.370.388.7580.0
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  • a-walked for Refsnyder in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF32210100.341.433.7271.16010.0
H. Ramirez DH40000023.314.375.465.840-1.0
J. Martinez LF40220011.315.357.573.9304.5
M. Moreland 1B40000024.288.345.500.845-1.0
X. Bogaerts SS40300010.405.432.7381.1703.5
E. Nunez 3B-2B40000023.241.284.398.682-1.0
J. Bradley CF40000023.205.295.333.629-1.0
C. Vazquez C31100001.194.260.254.5143.0
a- A. Benintendi PH10000011.229.350.373.723-0.5
T. Lin 2B20000001.240.345.320.6650.0
b- B. Swihart PH10000000.167.211.222.4330.0
R. Devers 3B00000000.261.320.424.7440.0
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  • a-struck out for Vazquez in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Lin in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Robertson (6)
  • HR - W. Ramos (3), D. Robertson (3), R. Refsnyder
  • RBI - W. Ramos 2 (11), D. Robertson (7), R. Refsnyder
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos 2 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts 2 (10), J. Martinez (6), X. Bogaerts (8), C. Vazquez (4)
  • RBI - M. Betts (18), J. Martinez 2 (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez 2 (11)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - R. Refsnyder, D. Span
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Betts (3)
FIELDING
  • E - B. Snell
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (W, 4-1)7.15221902.520.9527.5
C. Roe (H, 6)0.22110003.601.30-3.0
A. Colome (S, 5)1.01000205.732.0910.0
Total9.08331110---
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (W, 4-1)7.1
C. Roe (H, 6)0.2
A. Colome (S, 5)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Pomeranz (L, 0-1)5.06442437.271.730.0
H. Velazquez3.14001002.251.304.0
H. Hembree0.20000103.460.920.5
Total9.01044353---
PITCHERSIP
D. Pomeranz (L, 0-1)5.0
H. Velazquez3.1
H. Hembree0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 104-68, C. Roe 15-9, A. Colome 19-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 8-4, C. Roe 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 27, C. Roe 4, A. Colome 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - H. Velazquez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 81-49, H. Velazquez 53-35, H. Hembree 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 3-6, H. Velazquez 5-4
  • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 21, H. Velazquez 15, H. Hembree
  • 8TH INNING
    Martinez singled to center, Betts scored43
  • 6TH INNING
    Martinez doubled to deep right, Betts scored42
    Betts doubled to deep center, Vazquez scored41
  • 4TH INNING
    Robertson homered to left center40
  • 3RD INNING
    Refsnyder homered to left30
  • 1ST INNING
    Ramos homered to left, Cron scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Rafael Devers at third
    • M. Smith: Smith flied out to left
    • Denard Span hit for Rob Refsnyder
    • D. Span: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Span walked
    • Heath Hembree relieved Hector Velazquez
    • M. Duffy: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Span caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Duffy struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Alex Colome relieved Chaz Roe
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • E. Nunez: Nunez fouled out to catcher
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
    • Andrew Benintendi hit for Christian Vazquez
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • H. Velazquez Pitching:
    • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Gomez grounded out to third
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ramos grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Robertson hit by pitch
    • B. Miller: Pickoff attempt, Miller singled to center, Robertson to second
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Ball, Hechavarria popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Blake Swihart hit for Tzu-Wei Lin
    • B. Swihart: Ball, Swihart flied out to shallow right
    • Chaz Roe relieved Blake Snell
    • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts doubled to deep left
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez popped out to first
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez singled to center, Betts scored
    • M. Moreland: Moreland grounded out to first
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • H. Velazquez Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Smith fouled out to catcher
    • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Refsnyder singled to right
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Duffy singled to right, Refsnyder to second
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Duffy out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts doubled to left center
    • E. Nunez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bradley grounded out to second, Bogaerts to third
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Vazquez flied out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Hector Velazquez relieved Drew Pomeranz
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ramos grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Robertson doubled to deep left
    • B. Miller: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Miller lined out to center
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Foul, Hechavarria grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • C. Vazquez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Vazquez doubled to deep left
    • T. Lin: Foul, Lin grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts doubled to deep center, Vazquez scored
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez doubled to deep right, Betts scored
    • M. Moreland: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Refsnyder walked
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Refsnyder caught stealing, catcher to second
    • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts singled to shallow center
    • E. Nunez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Nunez reached on fielder's choice to second, Bogaerts out at second
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bradley grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Nunez out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Robertson homered to left center
    • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller flied out to deep center
    • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria flied out to right
    • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Smith flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Betts stole second, Martinez safe at first on Snell fielding error, Betts to third
    • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moreland grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Martinez out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Refsnyder homered to left
    • M. Duffy: Duffy grounded out to third
    • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Foul, Cron singled to left
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gomez struck out looking
    • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ramos grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Cron out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
    • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez lined out to left
    • T. Lin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lin grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • B. Miller: Miller flied out to left
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria singled to right
    • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Foul, Smith grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Hechavarria out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
    • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Nunez struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Strike swinging, Duffy lined out to third
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Cron singled to left
    • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gomez struck out looking
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos homered to left, Cron scored
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Robertson lined out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Ramirez: Ramirez popped out to first
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)