WHO: Red Sox (3-8) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (5-6)
WHEN: 6:40 p.m.
WHERE: Tropicana Field
SERIES TO DATE: Tampa Bay 1-0
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP Martin Perez (1-1, 5.06) vs. LHP Ryan Yarbrough (0-1, 1,54)
TV/RADIO: NESN; WEEI 93.7 FM
8:44 That should be a fine for Colten Brewer, who just issued a leadoff walk after inheriting a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth.
8:31 Michael Chavis, who had two singles in his first two trips, makes much harder contact this time on a changeup left out over the heart of the plate, and the Red Sox are, suddenly, cruising.
8:26 Sox manage to add on with a leadoff double from Bogaerts and a rocket single to left by Christian Vazquez, which almost knocked over Tampa Bay third baseman Yandy Diaz.
8:21 Perez is probably done at 91 pitches. It wasn't masterful, but he pitched out of trouble when he had to and didn't allow a hit in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position.
8:03 Perez walks a tighrope in the fourth, wiggling out of a first-and-second, no-out jam to strand two and preserve the 2-0 lead.
7:47 First everything for Alex Verdugo -- first extra-base hit, first RBI, first homer. Verdugo turns on a breaking ball on the inside half and clubs it to right, scoring Michael Chavis ahead of him.
7:28 Jonathan Arauz continues to impress. Nicely turned, as he gives the backhand flip throw to Xander Bogaerts to start a 4-6-3 double play.
7:23 For all the criticism of umpire Joe West, who too often makes things all about himself, he's generally regarded as a good balls-and-strikes umpire. But I've counted a half-dozen pitches he's missed through the first two innings -- failing to give pitchers some strikes low in the zone, while calling some pitches off the plate as strikes.
7:15 Other than the double by Martinez in the first inning, the Red Sox haven't hit a ball hard through the first two innings.
6:55 Martin Perez has shown an uptick in his fastball velocity, getting it up to 94 mph at times.
6:45 J.D. Martinez crushes an 0-2 pitch over the head of the left fielder for another double -- his third in two nights and eight of the season. He leads the league in that category.