Betts, Sale lead Red Sox 4-2 over Rays as Adames debuts

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Chris Sale has high praise for Boston teammate Mookie Betts, and with good reason.

Betts hit his major league-leading 16th homer, Sale struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.

''I knew once we got a lead with that guy, we were in pretty good shape,'' Betts said.

Betts had two hits in four at-bats and is hitting .368.

''He's the best player in the league, I don't think there's any argument on that,'' Sale said. ''It seems like he's hitting a homer every other day. You're in awe of him, the way he handles himself and the work he puts in. He's not just showing up and going out there and doing that.''

Boston is 21-9 against the AL East, winning eight of 11 against Tampa Bay.

Willy Adames made his big league debut and hit a solo home run off Sale in his second at-bat. The 22-year-old shortstop went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts. He was acquired from Detroit as part of a three-team trade that sent Rays ace - and current Sale teammate - David Price to the Tigers on July 31, 2014.

''You hit a bomb against Sale, it's an amazing feeling,'' said Adames, who arrived at the ballpark about 40 minutes before first pitch. ''I can't tell you how happy I am right now.''

Adames is the first player to homer at Tropicana Field in first big league game.

Sale (5-1) gave up four hits and walked two. He has allowed three runs or fewer in his first 11 starts, the longest stretch by a Boston pitcher to open a season since Pedro Martinez's 12 in 2001.

''He's really tough, no doubt,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Joe Kelly finished the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel got into a bases-loaded jam before getting his 14th save in 16 chances when Mallex Smith grounded into a game-ending forceout on his 32nd pitch of the ninth. Jesus Sucre led off with a single, pinch-hitter Brad Miller doubled with two outs and Rob Refsynder walked.

Betts hit a go-ahead, three-run drive in the third off Jake Faria (3-3), who left two batters later because of a strained left oblique. Faria was replaced with a 1-2 count on Hanley Ramirez by Austin Pruitt, who gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings.

Cash said Faria ''is going to miss some time.''

Two hitters following Faria's departure, Wilson Ramos was taken out due to a bruised left hand after Pruitt's 0-2 pitch to Xander Bogaerts bounced and struck the catcher.

Ramos said the hand ''sore'' but didn't rule out being available Wednesday.

Faria allowed three runs and three hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Daniel Robertson's sacrifice fly pulled Tampa Bay to 3-2 in the fifth, and Rafael Devers hit a solo homer in the sixth.

The announced attendance was 10,642, below the Rays' AL-low home average of 14,711. Miami is last in the majors at 10,603.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Asked whether 2B Dustin Pedroia (left knee surgery) could return Friday against Atlanta, manager Alex Cora said ''it depends on how he reacts but he's getting close.'' Pedroia is on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. ... RHP Hector Velazquez (lower back strain) could be back later this week.

Rays: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right elbow surgery) could make his final rehab start Wednesday night for Triple-A Durham.

BETTS BALL

Betts has scored a major-league best 49 runs. He has 36 extra-base hits, including six over his last four games.

INFIELD SHORTAGE

Adames took the roster spot of 2B Joey Wendle, who is on paternity leave for the birth of his son. ... SS Adeiny Hechavarria (strained right hamstring) has not resumed on-field work.

UP NEXT

Price (4-4), coming off a complete game victory over Baltimore, goes against Rays RHP Chris Archer (3-3) on Wednesday night. ''There will be a little bit of banter, but it's all friendly,'' Archer said.

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  • W: C. Sale (5-1)L: J. Faria (3-3)S: C. Kimbrel (14)
  • HR: BOS - M. Betts (16), R. Devers (9), TB - W. Adames (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF41231001.368.439.7721.2119.0
A. Benintendi LF40000021.278.360.466.826-1.0
H. Ramirez 1B30000100.266.326.414.7401.0
J. Martinez DH30100100.343.399.6741.0732.0
X. Bogaerts SS30000001.294.333.532.8651.0
R. Devers 3B31111103.239.291.433.7247.0
E. Nunez 2B40000001.235.256.355.6110.0
S. Leon C31100120.214.279.286.5642.0
J. Bradley CF41200011.176.273.260.5332.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Robertson 2B20010000.268.420.464.8842.0
    C. Cron 1B40000021.272.325.494.819-1.0
    M. Duffy DH30000110.321.362.427.7890.5
    W. Ramos C10100000.288.331.453.7841.0
    J. Sucre C30100010.229.255.250.5050.5
    W. Adames SS41111033.250.2501.0001.2504.5
    J. Field RF30100000.309.347.544.8911.0
    a- D. Span PH10000001.234.354.380.7330.0
    C. Arroyo 3B30000031.308.438.462.899-1.5
    b- B. Miller PH10100000.248.321.410.7312.0
    R. Refsnyder LF21100201.163.345.279.6255.0
    M. Smith CF40000016.294.362.397.759-0.5
    • a-fouled out for Field in the 9th
    • b-doubled for Arroyo in the 9th
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Betts (16), R. Devers (9)
    • RBI - M. Betts 3 (35), R. Devers (27)
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Miller (5), R. Refsnyder (2)
    • HR - W. Adames
    • SF - D. Robertson
    • RBI - D. Robertson (16), W. Adames
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley (2)
    • DP - (Bradley-Bogaerts-Ramirez)
    • PB - S. Leon
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Adames-Robertson-Cron; Robertson-Adames-Cron; Adames-Robertson-Cron)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale (W, 5-1)7.24212912.170.9128.5
    J. Kelly (H, 7)0.10000102.080.880.5
    C. Kimbrel (S, 14)1.02001102.210.847.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale (W, 5-1)7.2
    J. Kelly (H, 7)0.1
    C. Kimbrel (S, 14)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Faria (L, 3-3)2.23331215.481.32-5.0
    A. Pruitt5.13112214.911.1710.0
    R. Stanek1.01001105.791.501.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Faria (L, 3-3)2.2
    A. Pruitt5.1
    R. Stanek1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Sale (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 112-73, J. Kelly 6-3, C. Kimbrel 32-19
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-8, C. Kimbrel 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 29, J. Kelly, C. Kimbrel 6
    PITCHING
    • HBP - A. Pruitt
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 45-26, A. Pruitt 73-44, R. Stanek 20-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Faria 1-4, A. Pruitt 6-7, R. Stanek 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Faria 11, A. Pruitt 21, R. Stanek 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF41231001.368.439.7721.2119.0
    A. Benintendi LF40000021.278.360.466.826-1.0
    H. Ramirez 1B30000100.266.326.414.7401.0
    J. Martinez DH30100100.343.399.6741.0732.0
    X. Bogaerts SS30000001.294.333.532.8651.0
    R. Devers 3B31111103.239.291.433.7247.0
    E. Nunez 2B40000001.235.256.355.6110.0
    S. Leon C31100120.214.279.286.5642.0
    J. Bradley CF41200011.176.273.260.5332.5
    Total314742458-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Robertson 2B20010000.268.420.464.8842.0
      C. Cron 1B40000021.272.325.494.819-1.0
      M. Duffy DH30000110.321.362.427.7890.5
      W. Ramos C10100000.288.331.453.7841.0
      J. Sucre C30100010.229.255.250.5050.5
      W. Adames SS41111033.250.2501.0001.2504.5
      J. Field RF30100000.309.347.544.8911.0
      a- D. Span PH10000001.234.354.380.7330.0
      C. Arroyo 3B30000031.308.438.462.899-1.5
      b- B. Miller PH10100000.248.321.410.7312.0
      R. Refsnyder LF21100201.163.345.279.6255.0
      M. Smith CF40000016.294.362.397.759-0.5
      Total31262131113-----
      • a-fouled out for Field in the 9th
      • b-doubled for Arroyo in the 9th
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Betts (16), R. Devers (9)
      • RBI - M. Betts 3 (35), R. Devers (27)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Miller (5), R. Refsnyder (2)
      • HR - W. Adames
      • SF - D. Robertson
      • RBI - D. Robertson (16), W. Adames
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley (2)
      • DP - (Bradley-Bogaerts-Ramirez)
      • PB - S. Leon
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Adames-Robertson-Cron; Robertson-Adames-Cron; Adames-Robertson-Cron)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 5-1)7.24212912.170.9128.5
      J. Kelly (H, 7)0.10000102.080.880.5
      C. Kimbrel (S, 14)1.02001102.210.847.5
      Total9.06213111---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 5-1)7.2
      J. Kelly (H, 7)0.1
      C. Kimbrel (S, 14)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Faria (L, 3-3)2.23331215.481.32-5.0
      A. Pruitt5.13112214.911.1710.0
      R. Stanek1.01001105.791.501.5
      Total9.0744452---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Faria (L, 3-3)2.2
      A. Pruitt5.1
      R. Stanek1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Sale (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 112-73, J. Kelly 6-3, C. Kimbrel 32-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-8, C. Kimbrel 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 29, J. Kelly, C. Kimbrel 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Pruitt
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 45-26, A. Pruitt 73-44, R. Stanek 20-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Faria 1-4, A. Pruitt 6-7, R. Stanek 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Faria 11, A. Pruitt 21, R. Stanek 4
      • 6TH INNING
        Devers homered to right42
      • 5TH INNING
        Robertson hit sacrifice fly to left, Refsnyder scored32
      • 4TH INNING
        Adames homered to left31
      • 3RD INNING
        Betts homered to left, Leon and Bradley scored30
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ryne Stanek relieved Austin Pruitt
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Devers walked
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Nunez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Devers out at second
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Leon reached on an infield single to first
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Joe Kelly
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sucre singled to left
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
        • Denard Span hit for Johnny Field
        • D. Span: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Span fouled out to catcher
        • Brad Miller hit for Christian Arroyo
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Miller doubled to deep right, Sucre to third
        • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Refsnyder walked
        • M. Smith: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Smith grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Refsnyder out at second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bogaerts popped out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Robertson grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cron popped out to third
        • Joe Kelly relieved Chris Sale
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Duffy struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Betts out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Field: Field grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Arroyo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Arroyo struck out looking
        • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Refsnyder walked
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts flied out to right
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Devers homered to right
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Duffy grounded out to third
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Sucre grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to deep left
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Refsnyder doubled to deep left
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smith popped bunt out to third
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Refsnyder to third on passed ball, Ball, Strike looking, Robertson hit sacrifice fly to left, Refsnyder scored
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Nunez flied out to left
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley singled to center
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Betts lined out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
        • W. Adames: Ball, Adames homered to left
        • J. Field: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Field lined out to first
        • C. Arroyo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Arroyo struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Nunez fouled out to first
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Leon walked
        • J. Bradley: Bradley reached on an infield single to second, Leon to second
        • M. Betts: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts homered to left, Leon and Bradley scored
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul
        • Ramirez walked
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Ramirez to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball
        • Bogaerts hit by pitch, Ramirez to third, Martinez to second
        • R. Devers: Foul, Strike looking, Devers flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Robertson hit by pitch
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron flied into double play center to shortstop to first, Robertson out at first
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Duffy grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez singled to right center
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Martinez out at second
        • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Foul, Devers flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Field: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Field singled to left center
        • C. Arroyo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arroyo struck out swinging
        • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Refsnyder flied out to deep right
        • M. Smith: Pickoff attempt, Smith lined out to pitcher
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts flied out to right
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez popped out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • D. Robertson: Robertson popped out to first
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duffy walked
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ramos singled to center, Duffy to third
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)