Sale strikes out 12, Red Sox beat Rays 6-3

Boston Red Sox's Drew Pomeranz pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday

Boston Red Sox's Drew Pomeranz pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday

After starting the year in Pawtucket with shortened starts due to a heavy workload in winter ball, Velazquez has tossed at least six innings each of the last three times to the mound. The Red Sox allowed five runs in Friday's loss and five or more runs in four of their last five games.

- Betts bounced back from an 0-for-5 effort in Friday night's series opener to go 2-for-4- with a home run, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Bogaerts' first-inning single - which pushed his major league-leading hitting streak to 15 games - was the Sox' only hit until the seventh, when their bats finally started to heat up. On Saturday, he limited the Rays to two hits - both homers - but the Red Sox offense more than bailed him out in a 6-3 victory.

The Red Sox rode another stellar performance from Chris Sale and a four-run fifth inning to a 6-3 win over the Rays, evening the teams' three-game series at one game apiece.

Reigning AL Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello (2-5) gave up five runs - three earned - with seven strikeouts in six innings for his second rough outing against the Rays this season.

Josh Gordon's application for reinstatement denied by NFL
While a memory, it's a distant one as the team has changed head coaches and front offices twice since that very season. Even if Gordon was reinstated, there is no guarantee that he would wear the number 12 for the Browns ever again.

Betts also doubled in a run in Boston's four-run fifth inning.

"Nice win. Never a tiresome moment", Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. It landed in the Monster seats and gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.

Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell walks on the mound after giving up a two-run home run to Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts, left, during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Boston.

Red Sox: DH Hanley Ramirez, who left an interleague start at first base earlier this week with a muscle spasm in his right shoulder, was out of the lineup for the third straight game, but Farrell said he could be available Sunday. He is 2-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 39 innings in six other outings. The Red Sox are 4-10 in their last 14 during game 2 of a series, 20-6 in their last 26 vs. a team with a losing record and 4-1 in Sales last 5 starts.

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