Eight is enough: Red Sox snap Rays' streak with 4-3 win

BOSTON (AP) Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel was on the mound with runners on second and third - twice.

At the rate he strikes out batters, it didn't matter.

Sandy Leon hit an opposite-field, go-ahead RBI single inside the third-base bag with two outs in the eighth inning and Kimbrel escaped two major jams, lifting the Boston to a 4-3 victory Sunday over Tampa Bay that snapped the Rays' eight-game winning streak.

J.D. Martinez had four singles and drove in two runs for the Red Sox, but misplayed a fly ball into a double that put runners on second and third in the eighth before Kimbrel struck out Brad Miller to end the inning.

Kimbrel (1-1) then struck out Jesus Sucre and pinch-hitter Carlos Gomez to end it.

''He's a high-strikeout guy,'' Martinez said. ''Any time guys get on base, you never know, he could load the bases and strike three guys out. That's how he throws.''

Last season, Kimbrel fanned 49.6 percent of the batters he faced - 126 of 254. So far this year, he's got 15 in 11 2/3 innings.

The right-hander had a bigger reason to smile after, though, saying his 5-month old daughter, Lydia Joy, was finally home after heart surgery that had him miss most of spring training.

''It's been great,'' he said, breaking into a smile. ''I've lost a little bit of sleep, trying to catch up on it. Lydia came home the other day. It's been nice to be at the house to spend time with her.''

Boston had lost five of seven.

Denard Span hit a two-run homer and made a leaping catch in front of the Green Monster for the Rays, who had their third-longest winning streak in team history halted. Tampa Bay won nine straight in 2014 and 12 in `04.

The Rays started the season 4-13 and had a chance to reach .500.

''We needed it every bit and then some,'' Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said of the streak. ''A lot of good things kind of came about. We saw our offense take shape a little bit and get hot. Pitchers got into that better rhythm, and defensively kind of as advertised.''

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello gave up three runs and seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks over 7 2/3 innings.

Martinez led off the eighth win a single against Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome (2-3) and Jackie Bradley Jr. walked before Leon hit a bouncer inside the bag that caromed off a side wall into short left field.

''We're feeling good about this series, winning two out of three,'' Rays starter Matt Andriese said.

Trailing 3-0, Boston rallied to tie on Martinez's two-run single and Bradley's sacrifice fly in the sixth, but they left the bases loaded when Tzu-Wei Lin flied out.

Span's homer over Boston's bullpen made it 2-0 in the third. Mallex Smith added an RBI single an inning later.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: C Wilson Ramos was out of the lineup after leaving Saturday's game with a sore groin.

Red Sox: OF Mookie Betts, who left Saturday with a tight right hamstring, was out of the lineup Sunday. Manager Alex Cora didn't seem too concerned, saying it's ''day to day.'' ... RHP Tyler Thornburg (recovering from right shoulder surgery) starts a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday.

ANGRY WALK

Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez was hit on the left forearm Andriese. The slugger glared at the pitcher and appeared to say something before flipping his bat toward Boston's dugout and walking slowly to first with catcher Sucre in between the pair, but nothing escalated.

ANNIVERSARY

The game marked the 32nd anniversary of Boston's Roger Clemens setting a major league record by striking out 20 against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.

WARM HELLO

Cash came out of the dugout in the middle of the sixth inning to say hello to a couple of fans that walked down to the first row from much further back to get his attention. Cash played on Boston's 2007 World Series-winning team.

RAYS' ROSTER SHUFFLE

Tampa Bay optioned LHP Ryan Yarbrough to Triple-A Durham on Sunday and recalled RHP Chih-Wei Hu from the same team.

Yarbrough was 1-1 with a 4.19 ERA in seven games. Hu appeared in one game with the Rays this season, allowing three runs in 2 2/3 innings.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Jake Faria (1-1, 6.33 ERA) is slated to pitch the opener of a three-game series in Detroit on Monday. He has struggled in his two road starts, giving up 12 runs in six innings.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez ((3-0, 3.63) looks to extend his career-best stretch of winning three consecutive starts when the Red Sox play the first of three against Kansas City at Fenway Monday.

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  • W: C. Kimbrel (1-1)L: A. Colome (2-3)
  • HR: TB - D. Span (3)
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C. Cron DH40100010.270.315.500.8150.5
J. Wendle 2B40200000.348.410.522.9323.0
B. Miller 1B41100023.228.286.333.6192.0
D. Robertson 3B40200011.355.500.5971.0971.5
M. Smith CF40210011.342.405.434.8392.5
A. Hechavarria SS31100001.284.320.364.6832.0
J. Sucre C40000014.310.323.345.667-0.5
J. Field RF30000011.200.259.360.619-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Field in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Nunez 2B41100020.239.278.380.6591.0
A. Benintendi CF31000100.242.358.396.7532.0
H. Ramirez DH31100020.326.400.467.8672.0
J. Martinez LF41420000.330.374.567.9417.0
M. Moreland 1B30000114.273.339.473.8112.5
R. Devers 3B40000027.267.321.446.767-1.0
J. Bradley RF20010101.202.292.321.6132.0
S. Leon C30110000.129.156.129.2855.0
T. Lin SS40000005.207.303.276.5790.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Wendle (5), B. Miller (3)
    • HR - D. Span (3)
    • SH - A. Hechavarria
    • RBI - D. Span 2 (21), M. Smith (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Span 2 (11), M. Smith (4)
    BATTING
    • SF - J. Bradley
    • RBI - J. Martinez 2 (22), J. Bradley (7), S. Leon (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Leon
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - M. Smith
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Moreland, S. Leon
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Porcello
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Andriese3.12000304.321.148.5
    J. Venters1.00000000.000.003.0
    A. Kittredge0.23332007.361.91-8.0
    S. Romo (BS, 2)2.00000305.591.867.5
    A. Colome (L, 2-3)1.02111106.002.17-5.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Andriese3.1
    J. Venters1.0
    A. Kittredge0.2
    S. Romo (BS, 2)2.0
    A. Colome (L, 2-3)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Porcello7.27330612.230.8417.0
    C. Kimbrel (W, 1-1)1.13000300.770.868.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Porcello7.2
    C. Kimbrel (W, 1-1)1.1
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Andriese, S. Romo (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Andriese 57-35, J. Venters 9-5, A. Kittredge 29-12, S. Romo 23-15, A. Colome 24-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Andriese 2-5, J. Venters 1-2, A. Colome 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Andriese 13, J. Venters 3, A. Kittredge 7, S. Romo 7, A. Colome 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 116-82, C. Kimbrel 26-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 9-7, C. Kimbrel 1-0
    • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 29, C. Kimbrel 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    D. Span LF41121010.267.378.467.8446.5
    C. Cron DH40100010.270.315.500.8150.5
    J. Wendle 2B40200000.348.410.522.9323.0
    B. Miller 1B41100023.228.286.333.6192.0
    D. Robertson 3B40200011.355.500.5971.0971.5
    M. Smith CF40210011.342.405.434.8392.5
    A. Hechavarria SS31100001.284.320.364.6832.0
    J. Sucre C40000014.310.323.345.667-0.5
    J. Field RF30000011.200.259.360.619-0.5
    a- C. Gomez PH10000012.176.229.333.563-0.5
    Total35310310913-----
    • a-struck out for Field in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Nunez 2B41100020.239.278.380.6591.0
    A. Benintendi CF31000100.242.358.396.7532.0
    H. Ramirez DH31100020.326.400.467.8672.0
    J. Martinez LF41420000.330.374.567.9417.0
    M. Moreland 1B30000114.273.339.473.8112.5
    R. Devers 3B40000027.267.321.446.767-1.0
    J. Bradley RF20010101.202.292.321.6132.0
    S. Leon C30110000.129.156.129.2855.0
    T. Lin SS40000005.207.303.276.5790.0
    Total3047403717-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Wendle (5), B. Miller (3)
      • HR - D. Span (3)
      • SH - A. Hechavarria
      • RBI - D. Span 2 (21), M. Smith (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Span 2 (11), M. Smith (4)
      BATTING
      • SF - J. Bradley
      • RBI - J. Martinez 2 (22), J. Bradley (7), S. Leon (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Leon
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - M. Smith
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Moreland, S. Leon
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Porcello
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Andriese3.12000304.321.148.5
      J. Venters1.00000000.000.003.0
      A. Kittredge0.23332007.361.91-8.0
      S. Romo (BS, 2)2.00000305.591.867.5
      A. Colome (L, 2-3)1.02111106.002.17-5.5
      Total8.0744370---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Andriese3.1
      J. Venters1.0
      A. Kittredge0.2
      S. Romo (BS, 2)2.0
      A. Colome (L, 2-3)1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello7.27330612.230.8417.0
      C. Kimbrel (W, 1-1)1.13000300.770.868.5
      Total9.01033091---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello7.2
      C. Kimbrel (W, 1-1)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Andriese, S. Romo (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Andriese 57-35, J. Venters 9-5, A. Kittredge 29-12, S. Romo 23-15, A. Colome 24-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Andriese 2-5, J. Venters 1-2, A. Colome 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Andriese 13, J. Venters 3, A. Kittredge 7, S. Romo 7, A. Colome 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 116-82, C. Kimbrel 26-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 9-7, C. Kimbrel 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 29, C. Kimbrel 7
      • 8TH INNING
        Leon singled to left, Martinez scored, Bradley to third34
      • 6TH INNING
        Bradley hit sacrifice fly to right, Ramirez scored, Martinez to third33
        Martinez singled to left, Nunez and Benintendi scored, Ramirez to second32
      • 4TH INNING
        Smith singled to shallow right, Miller scored30
      • 3RD INNING
        Span homered to right center, Hechavarria scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Kimbrel Pitching:
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robertson singled to shallow center
        • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Smith reached on an infield single to shortstop, Robertson to second
        • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria hit sacrifice bunt to first, Robertson to third, Smith to second
        • J. Sucre: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
        • Carlos Gomez hit for Johnny Field
        • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • J. Field: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
        • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Span flied out to shallow left
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron singled to shallow center
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Rick Porcello
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Wendle doubled to deep left, Cron to third
        • B. Miller: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Alex Colome relieved Sergio Romo
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez singled to right
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Devers lined out to left
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked, Martinez to second
        • S. Leon: Leon singled to left, Martinez scored, Bradley to third
        • T. Lin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon stole second, Ball, Lin grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Robertson singled to shallow center
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Smith lined out to left
        • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Hechavarria grounded out to second, Robertson to second
        • J. Sucre: Strike (foul tip), Sucre lined out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Romo Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi flied out to right
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Ramirez struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Span struck out looking
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Wendle singled to shallow right
        • B. Miller: Miller grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Kittredge Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Nunez reached on an infield single to third
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked, Nunez to second
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez singled to shallow left, Nunez to third, Benintendi to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez singled to left, Nunez and Benintendi scored, Ramirez to second
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked, Ramirez to third, Martinez to second
        • Sergio Romo relieved Andrew Kittredge
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley hit sacrifice fly to right, Ramirez scored, Martinez to third
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Leon hit by pitch
        • T. Lin: Strike looking, Lin flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Foul, Hechavarria grounded out to third
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Sucre grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Field: Ball, Field grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Venters Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley grounded out to second
        • Andrew Kittredge relieved Jonny Venters
        • S. Leon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Leon flied out to left
        • T. Lin: Ball, Lin lined out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Wendle flied out to deep right
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Miller doubled to left center
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
        • M. Smith: Smith singled to shallow right, Miller scored
        • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Smith picked off at first, pitcher to first
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi lined out to second
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez hit by pitch
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Martinez singled to left, Ramirez to second
        • Jonny Venters relieved Matt Andriese
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland flied out to center
        • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Devers popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hechavarria singled to shallow center
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Hechavarria to second on Porcello fielding error, Ball, Strike swinging, Sucre flied out to center
        • J. Field: Ball, Field fouled out to first
        • D. Span: Strike swinging, Ball, Span homered to right center, Hechavarria scored
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Cron grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Leon flied out to shallow left
        • T. Lin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Lin flied out to deep center
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Miller struck out on foul tip
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Robertson grounded out to third
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to center
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland flied out to deep right
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Span flied out to deep center
        • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Cron grounded out to third
        • J. Wendle: Wendle grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nunez grounded out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Benintendi flied out to left
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)