Some nights, it isn’t hard to see the difference between the haves and the have-nots.
The Red Sox started pitcher Rick Porcello, who now leads the American League with 18 wins. He allowed only three runs in a 9-4 victory.
The Rays started pitcher Matt Andriese, who lost his sixth decision in his winless 13-game streak. He lasted only four innings and gave up 10 hits and seven runs.
The Red Sox got a home run and a double out of Mookie Betts. He became the third hitter (with Ted Williams and Tony Conigliaro) to have 30 home runs in a season before he reached the age of 24.
The Rays didn’t have a home run. Their record when they don’t hit one fell to 8-28. They are now 55-75 on the season.
Brock Holt and Travis Shaw each had three hits for Boston. Betts, Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon each had two.
For the Rays, Logan Forsythe, Nick Franklin, Corey Dickerson and Bobby Wilson had two.
The teams play again tonight when Jake Odorizzi pitches against Drew Pomeranz.