Betts, Moreland homer in 8th, Red Sox beat Rays 6-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Mookie Betts hasn't looked much like the 2018 AL MVP yet. Two key hits Friday night might help jumpstart the Boston star's season.

Betts and Mitch Moreland hit back-to-back homers for the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning and the struggling Red Sox beat the MLB-best Tampa Bay Rays 6-4.

''A lot of emotions going through my head there, but the main thing is it put us ahead,'' Betts said. ''It's just one (game), but it's definitely a starting point. The main thing is I helped in some way today, and that's kind of my viewpoint on playing.''

With the game tied at 4, Betts hit a leadoff shot off Diego Castillo (0-2) and Moreland connected three pitches later.

''You're talking about two pretty talented hitters,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''Not surprising if you don't locate it or command it the way you want, they can make you pay.''

Betts finished 2 for 4 and raised his batting average from .200 to 216. Last season, the Red Sox outfielder hit a big league-leading .346 with 32 homers and 80 RBIs on his way to the MVP award.

Christian Vazquez also homered and Brandon Workman (1-1) went 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the Red Sox, who are 7-13 and trail the AL East-leading Rays by seven games. Ryan Brasier worked the ninth to pick up his fourth save.

''The standings?'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''We know where we're at, but it's more about we've got two shots to win the series. That feels good.''

The Rays are the last team in the majors to have consecutive losses this season. Castillo was also the loser in a 6-5, 11-inning loss to Baltimore on Thursday night.

''It's a long, long season,'' Cash said. ''We'll be fine.''

After 20 games last season, the eventual World Series champion Red Sox (17-3) were 10 games up on Tampa Bay (7-13).

Daniel Robertson, mired in an 0-for-21 slide, got the Rays even at 4-all with a two-run double during the sixth. The inning was setup when Boston third baseman Rafael Devers misplayed what looked a double-play grounder from Avisail Garcia with one on and no outs.

Devers had a run-scoring double in the fifth for Boston's first hit before Vazquez put Boston ahead 3-2 on his two-run shot to center.

Vazquez has three homers and eight RBIs in his last five games.

Betts, hitless in his previous 12 at-bats, doubled in the sixth and scored as the Red Sox grabbed a 4-2 lead when J.D. Martinez extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI single.

''I've been struggling all year, and to be able to hit a double in a spot like that, it definitely felt like a weight came off my shoulders,'' Betts said.

Martinez has a hit in 19 of 20 games this season.

Brandon Lowe hit his fifth homer in the last nine games, a solo drive that just cleared the fence at the 322-foot mark down the right-field line in the second before Garcia's third-inning RBI triple as the Rays went up 2-0.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia was examined by doctors Thursday and it was determined that his latest left knee injury is not serious. ''We're just going to let it calm down for a few days and then it should be all right,'' Pedroia said. He was hurt in Boston's game Wednesday night and went on the 10-day IL on Thursday.

Rays: Ace Blake Snell (fractured right fourth toe) will have a bullpen session Saturday. ''He continues to heal really quickly, which we're very encouraged about,'' Cash. ... C Mike Zunino went on the paternity list.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

Boston GM Dave Dombrowski and Cora presented Rays LHP Jalen Beeks with his 2018 World Series ring. Beeks appeared in two games last season with the Red Sox before being traded to Tampa Bay July 25 for RHP Nathan Eovaldi.

UP NEXT

Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello (0-3, 11.12 ERA) and Rays RHP Charlie Morton (2-0, 2.18 ERA) are Saturday night's starters. Porcello is 8-5 with a 2.86 ERA in 15 road starts against Tampa Bay.

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BOS7-13
0000310206101
TB14-6
011002000470
  • W: B. Workman (1-1)L: D. Castillo (0-2)S: R. Brasier (4)
  • HR: BOS - M. Moreland (6), C. Vazquez (4), M. Betts (4), TB - B. Lowe (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi LF30000121.279.357.426.7830.0
M. Betts RF42211001.216.314.432.7469.0
M. Moreland 1B41211010.258.324.629.9536.5
J. Martinez DH31110100.351.429.5811.0104.0
X. Bogaerts SS40100013.294.380.471.8500.5
R. Devers 3B41110013.261.346.319.6653.5
C. Vazquez C41221022.224.255.531.7867.0
J. Bradley CF40000011.138.177.172.350-0.5
T. Lin 2B40100010.200.200.200.4000.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Diaz 1B31200101.277.400.523.9234.0
    T. Pham LF30100112.288.404.411.8150.5
    A. Meadows DH41100023.357.423.6711.0951.0
    A. Garcia RF41110013.308.357.523.8804.5
    D. Robertson 3B40120023.157.232.176.4093.0
    G. Heredia CF20000010.267.389.533.9220.5
    a- K. Kiermaier PH10000000.277.324.523.8470.0
    B. Lowe 2B41111012.275.329.594.9235.5
    W. Adames SS30000002.239.301.343.6450.0
    b- J. Choi PH00000000.279.384.410.7931.0
    M. Perez C30000111.217.333.348.6810.5
    • a-flied out for Heredia in the 9th
    • b-hit by pitch for Adames in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (4), R. Devers (4)
    • HR - M. Betts (4), M. Moreland (6), C. Vazquez (4)
    • RBI - M. Betts (8), M. Moreland (13), J. Martinez (11), R. Devers (3), C. Vazquez 2 (10)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi, C. Vazquez 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Robertson
    • 3B - A. Garcia
    • HR - B. Lowe (6)
    • RBI - A. Garcia (9), D. Robertson 2 (4), B. Lowe (14)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Garcia (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Robertson 3 (3), M. Perez
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - T. Pham (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Devers-Lin-Moreland; Bogaerts-Lin-Moreland; Bogaerts-Lin-Moreland)
    • E - R. Devers (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Robertson-Lowe-Diaz; Lowe-Adames-Diaz; Lowe-Robertson-Diaz)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez5.17431617.201.657.0
    B. Workman (W, 1-1)1.20002002.890.968.0
    M. Barnes (H, 3)1.00000201.230.554.0
    R. Brasier (S, 4)1.00000101.930.8610.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez5.1
    B. Workman (W, 1-1)1.2
    M. Barnes (H, 3)1.0
    R. Brasier (S, 4)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Stanek2.00001001.590.795.0
    R. Yarbrough3.03331615.840.975.0
    W. Font1.03110307.451.550.5
    A. Kolarek1.00000001.041.383.0
    D. Castillo (L, 0-2)0.02220022.451.00-9.0
    C. Sadler2.02000000.001.004.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - R. Brasier
    • HBP - E. Rodriguez, R. Brasier (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 94-57, B. Workman 23-10, M. Barnes 11-9, R. Brasier 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-5, B. Workman 2-0, M. Barnes 1-0
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 25, B. Workman 4, M. Barnes 3, R. Brasier 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 14-7, R. Yarbrough 55-38, W. Font 27-19, A. Kolarek 13-9, D. Castillo 7-4, C. Sadler 18-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 3-2, R. Yarbrough 2-1, A. Kolarek 2-1, C. Sadler 3-1
    • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 6, R. Yarbrough 13, W. Font 6, A. Kolarek 3, D. Castillo 2, C. Sadler 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TB14-6
    011002000470
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Benintendi LF30000121.279.357.426.7830.0
    M. Betts RF42211001.216.314.432.7469.0
    M. Moreland 1B41211010.258.324.629.9536.5
    J. Martinez DH31110100.351.429.5811.0104.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40100013.294.380.471.8500.5
    R. Devers 3B41110013.261.346.319.6653.5
    C. Vazquez C41221022.224.255.531.7867.0
    J. Bradley CF40000011.138.177.172.350-0.5
    T. Lin 2B40100010.200.200.200.4000.5
    Total34610632911-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      Y. Diaz 1B31200101.277.400.523.9234.0
      T. Pham LF30100112.288.404.411.8150.5
      A. Meadows DH41100023.357.423.6711.0951.0
      A. Garcia RF41110013.308.357.523.8804.5
      D. Robertson 3B40120023.157.232.176.4093.0
      G. Heredia CF20000010.267.389.533.9220.5
      a- K. Kiermaier PH10000000.277.324.523.8470.0
      B. Lowe 2B41111012.275.329.594.9235.5
      W. Adames SS30000002.239.301.343.6450.0
      b- J. Choi PH00000000.279.384.410.7931.0
      M. Perez C30000111.217.333.348.6810.5
      Total3147413917-----
      • a-flied out for Heredia in the 9th
      • b-hit by pitch for Adames in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (4), R. Devers (4)
      • HR - M. Betts (4), M. Moreland (6), C. Vazquez (4)
      • RBI - M. Betts (8), M. Moreland (13), J. Martinez (11), R. Devers (3), C. Vazquez 2 (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi, C. Vazquez 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Robertson
      • 3B - A. Garcia
      • HR - B. Lowe (6)
      • RBI - A. Garcia (9), D. Robertson 2 (4), B. Lowe (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Garcia (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Robertson 3 (3), M. Perez
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - T. Pham (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Devers-Lin-Moreland; Bogaerts-Lin-Moreland; Bogaerts-Lin-Moreland)
      • E - R. Devers (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Robertson-Lowe-Diaz; Lowe-Adames-Diaz; Lowe-Robertson-Diaz)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez5.17431617.201.657.0
      B. Workman (W, 1-1)1.20002002.890.968.0
      M. Barnes (H, 3)1.00000201.230.554.0
      R. Brasier (S, 4)1.00000101.930.8610.5
      Total9.0743391---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez5.1
      B. Workman (W, 1-1)1.2
      M. Barnes (H, 3)1.0
      R. Brasier (S, 4)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek2.00001001.590.795.0
      R. Yarbrough3.03331615.840.975.0
      W. Font1.03110307.451.550.5
      A. Kolarek1.00000001.041.383.0
      D. Castillo (L, 0-2)0.02220022.451.00-9.0
      C. Sadler2.02000000.001.004.0
      Total9.01066293---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Stanek2.0
      R. Yarbrough3.0
      W. Font1.0
      A. Kolarek1.0
      D. Castillo (L, 0-2)0.0
      C. Sadler2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Brasier
      • HBP - E. Rodriguez, R. Brasier (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 94-57, B. Workman 23-10, M. Barnes 11-9, R. Brasier 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-5, B. Workman 2-0, M. Barnes 1-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 25, B. Workman 4, M. Barnes 3, R. Brasier 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 14-7, R. Yarbrough 55-38, W. Font 27-19, A. Kolarek 13-9, D. Castillo 7-4, C. Sadler 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 3-2, R. Yarbrough 2-1, A. Kolarek 2-1, C. Sadler 3-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 6, R. Yarbrough 13, W. Font 6, A. Kolarek 3, D. Castillo 2, C. Sadler 6
      • 8TH INNING
        Moreland homered to right center64
        Betts homered to center54
      • 6TH INNING
        Robertson doubled to deep left, Meadows and Garcia scored44
        Martinez singled to center, Betts scored, Moreland to second42
      • 5TH INNING
        Vazquez homered to center, Devers scored32
        Devers doubled to right center, Martinez scored12
      • 3RD INNING
        Garcia tripled to right center, Diaz scored02
      • 2ND INNING
        Lowe homered to right01
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Sadler Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez singled to right
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Foul, Foul, Bradley grounded out to third, Vazquez out at second
        • T. Lin: Lin grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Brasier relieved Matt Barnes
        • Kevin Kiermaier hit for Guillermo Heredia
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier flied out to right
        • B. Lowe: Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe popped out to third
        • Ji-Man Choi hit for Willy Adames
        • J. Choi: Foul, Ball, Choi hit by pitch
        • M. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Choi to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Diego Castillo relieved Adam Kolarek
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts homered to center
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Moreland homered to right center
        • Casey Sadler relieved Diego Castillo
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez flied out to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts singled to center
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers grounded out to shortstop, Bogaerts out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Barnes relieved Brandon Workman
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Meadows grounded out to first
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Adam Kolarek relieved Wilmer Font
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bradley grounded out to second
        • T. Lin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lin grounded out to first
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi lined out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Workman Pitching:
        • M. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Diaz grounded out to second, Perez out at second
        • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
        • A. Meadows: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pham caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Wilmer Font relieved Ryan Yarbrough
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts doubled to deep left
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland singled to right, Betts to third
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Martinez singled to center, Betts scored, Moreland to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • C. Vazquez: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Meadows singled to center
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Garcia reached on fielder's choice to third, Meadows to second on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robertson doubled to deep left, Meadows and Garcia scored
        • G. Heredia: Strike swinging, Ball, Heredia hit by pitch
        • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Ball, Lowe lined out to first
        • Brandon Workman relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Adames grounded out to second, Heredia out at second
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts lined out to center
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers doubled to right center, Martinez scored
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez homered to center, Devers scored
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • T. Lin: Strike looking, Lin reached on an infield single to second
        • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Perez grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Diaz reached on an infield single to third
        • T. Pham: Pham grounded out to second, Diaz out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Heredia flied out to left
        • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Lowe struck out looking
        • W. Adames: Ball, Adames grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Ryan Yarbrough relieved Ryne Stanek
        • C. Vazquez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Bradley grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Lin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia tripled to right center, Diaz scored
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Robertson flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Stanek Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts flied out to right
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Devers grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
        • B. Lowe: Lowe homered to right
        • W. Adames: Adames grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Perez: Ball, Perez flied out to deep center
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Stanek Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • M. Betts: Betts grounded out to second, Benintendi out at second
        • M. Moreland: Moreland flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz walked
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pham reached on an infield single to pitcher, Diaz to second
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Meadows struck out looking
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Garcia flied out to shallow right
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)