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Rick Porcello, Red Sox shut down Rays

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Rick Porcello took a shutout into the eighth inning, Mookie Betts hit his 22nd home run and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Saturday night. The win reduced Boston’s magic number for clinching a playoff spot to six and kept its AL East lead over the New York Yankees at three games. It was the eighth win in 10 games for the Red Sox.

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Red Sox beat Rays 8-2 for 8th straight win

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Eduardo Nunez chased Jake Odorizzi when he lined a single off the pitcher’s foot, starting a five-run fifth inning for the Boston Red Sox in an 8-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night that extended Boston’s winning streak to a season-high eight. Struck on the right foot, Odorizzi was face down on the mound, his face extending onto the infield grass, for several seconds. He hobbled off with one arm wrapped around Rays manager Kevin Cash, the other around assistant athletic trainer Paul…

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Chris Sale fans 13 as Red Sox blank Rays

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Chris Sale allowed two hits in eight innings and struck out 13, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on Tuesday for their seventh straight victory. Sale (14-4) reached double digits in strikeouts for the 15th time this season, the first time that’s been done since Randy Johnson in 2002.

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Red Sox use long ball to dump Rays

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Dustin Pedroia, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Hanley Ramirez all homered, Drew Pomeranz won his third consecutive start, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 on Friday night. Pedroia hit a two-run shot during a four-run third, and Bradley Jr. had a fourth-inning solo drive off Jake Odorizzi (5-4) as Boston took a 5-0 lead.  Ramirez scored his 1,000th run on his ninth-inning solo homer. Pomeranz (9-4) limited Tampa Bay to two runs over six innings despite allowing six hits and five walks. Steven Souza Jr. hit a…

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Rays hold off Red Sox 5-4

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Alex Cobb took a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning before tiring, Evan Longoria hit a homer over the Green Monster completely out of Fenway Park and the Tampa Bay Rays held off the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Friday night. Coming off a 3-6 home stand, the Rays rebounded with just their second win in six games in Fenway this season. Boston’s Xander Bogaerts singled to extended hitting streak to 15 games, the majors’ current longest active streak. He…

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KC’S Jason Vargas stymies Rays in 6-0 win

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Major league ERA leader Jason Vargas went seven more scoreless innings, Salvador Perez had a two-run double during a five-run eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 on Thursday. Vargas (5-1) scattered three hits and dropped his ERA from 1.19 to 1.01. Jorge Bonifacio hit an RBI single off Diego Moreno in the decisive eighth before Whit Merrifield had a run-scoring single and then circled the bases when center fielder Kevin Kiermaier misplayed the…

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