Bats bail out a be­lea­guered bullpen

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

BOS­TON — It was another tough game for the Red Sox bullpen, but this time Bos­ton’s bats pro­vided a save.

Aaron Hill sliced an RBI sin­gle in the bot­tom of the eighth after the Rays had tied it in the top half of the in­ning, and the Red Sox held on for an 8-6 vic­tory Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

“We had to find a way to fight back again,” man­ager John Far­rell said after the Red Sox fin­ished the home­s­tand with a 3-3 record and headed to the West Coast for the first six in a nine-game road trip.

Han­ley Ramirez hit a fifthin­ning grand slam to erase a 4-1 deficit and Jackie Bradley Jr. added a solo shot in the sixth to give Bos­ton a 6-4 lead. But one game after the Red Sox blew a two-run lead in the sev­enth, the Rays loaded the bases against Fernando Abad in the eighth and Lo­gan Forsythe hit a two-run sin­gle off Ju­nichi Tazawa to tie it.

In the bot­tom half, Ramirez led off with a walk, Sandy Leon bunted him to sec­ond and pinch hit­ter Brock Holt sin­gled Ramirez to third. Hill fol­lowed with a sin­gle past the first base­man to score Ramirez and Bradley then hit an RBI dou­ble to make it 8-6.

“(It was a) dif­fi­cult loss,” Rays man­ager Kevin Cash said. “We get out to an early lead, have some real good at-bats against a good pitcher (Steven Wright) that’s hav­ing a good year. (But) a walk here and cou­ple of hits, then the big home run by Han­ley re­ally killed us.”

Xan­der Bo­gaerts also home­red for the Red Sox, while Bradley had three hits. Dustin Pe­droia had three more hits to give him 15 in his last 20 at-bats. He is bat­ting .463 since mov­ing into the lead­off spot Aug. 10.

Kevin Kier­maier had three hits for the Rays, while Forsythe and Lo­gan Mor­ri­son each home­red.

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