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BSJ Live Coverage: Red Sox 5, Tampa Bay Rays 0 (8th)

 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

LINEUPS

RED SOX

Pillar CF
Devers 3B
Martinez DH
Bogaerts SS
Vazquez C
Chavis 1B
Verdugo RF
Peraza LF
Arauz 2B

RAYS

Diaz 3B
Meadows DH
Martinez 1B
Renfroe RF
Brousseau LF
Lowe 2B
Admes SS
Zunino C
Kiermaier CF

IN-GAME OBSERVATIONS

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.