Blake Snell fires gem as Rays edge Red Sox

Kelvin Reese
April 28, 2018

Bogaerts played just one rehab game in the minor leagues, accounting for a double and home run on Tuesday at Triple-A Pawtucket. I'd like to think he does, but I know now that he's capable of doing that, calming the situation down, not letting it snowball."Snell yielded two runs in a career-high 7 1/3 innings, striking out nine".

Prior to this year's Red Sox, no Major League Baseball team started 19-5 or better since the 2003 New York Yankees went 20-4.

Prior to his injury, Bogaerts was off to a strong start at the plate.

One of these players, Xander Bogaerts, suffered a fracture in his ankle on April 8th and has been on the DL ever since.

Rays hitters have slashed.262/.337/.402 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 7.8 per game over the team's last five contests (5-0 SU).

Boston shortstop Bogaerts made his return from the disabled list, finishing 3-for-4 with a strikeout.

"Nunez, that's his best position", Cora said.

Refsnyder followed suit with an estimated 401-foot solo blast to left in the third for his first homer of the year. Christian Vazquez led off the frame with a double, and two batters later he was driven in on a Mookie Betts double. In the Friday game, Betts had two hits, two runs and an RBI.

Bogaerts, who reached on an infield hit in the ninth inning, said the pain in his ankle feels like needles but it's nothing he can't play through. He injured himself April 8 while sliding into the Rays dugout to grab an errant ball.

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The homer for Refsnyder was his first since October 1, 2015, when he slugged a solo shot versus Boston as a member of the New York Yankees.

Infielder/outfielder Brock Holt was put on the disabled list because of a strained left hamstring.

"It's been a while since a home run, so I'll take any one I can get", Refsnyder said.

Rays: RHP Yonny Chirinos (0-1, 2.92 ERA) went 4 2/3 innings Sunday while allowing two runs on four hits in his first appearance as the Rays' fourth starter.

Snell is just 1-3 with a 4.62 ERA against the Red Sox in his young career - 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA in two starts at Fenway.

Tampa Bay Rays' Alex Colome, right, and Wilson Ramos celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox during a baseball game in Boston, Friday, April 27, 2018.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (2-2) gets his third start in the first month of the season against his former club.

After losing 13 of its first 17 games, Tampa Bay has outscored its opponents 51-28 during its winning streak.

Drew Pomeranz had a tough night on the hill, surrendering four runs - all via a trio of home runs - over five innings.

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