Red Sox

Final: Red Sox 6, Tampa Bay Rays 3

The Red Sox earned themselves a split of their series with the first-place Rays, beating Tampa Bay 6-3 on the strength of two two-run homers.

Christian Vazquez supplied one in the first and Christian Arroyo had another in the sixth. The homer was Arroyo's second in as many games.

Martin Perez rebounded from a rough start last time, allowing just two earned runs over five innings.

WHO: Red Sox (16-31) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (30-16)
WHEN: 1:05 p.m.
WHERE: Tropicana Field
SERIES TO DATE: TB 2-1
SEASON SERIES TO DATE: TB 7-2
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP Martin Perez (2-4, 4.40) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (1-2, 4.94)
TV/RADIO: NESN; WEEI 93.7 FM

LINEUPS

RED SOX

Munoz RF
Vazquez C
Devers 3B
Martinez DH
Bradley CF
Dalbec 1B
Chavis LF
Arroyo 2B
Lin SS

RAYS

Margot CF
Arozarena LF
Wendle 3B
Brosseau 2B
Renfroe RF
N. Lowe 1B
Adames SS
Tsutsugo DH
Smith C

IN-GAME OBSERVATIONS:

B7th:   Ryan Brasier, who looks like his 2018 self the last few weeks, fans Nate Lowe and leaves two on.

T6th:  Christian Arroyo stays on a pitch that breaks away from him and hits it out with Chavis (walk) aboard, giving the Red Sox a 6-3 edge. Second homer in as many games for Arroyo.

T5th:  Rafael Devers continues to be a run-producing machine, ripping a line double to the base of the RF wall. That's 29 RBI in his last 29 games.

B4th:  Kevan Smith jumps on a cutter up in the zone and makes the Sox pay for Dalbec's error -- two-run shot gives the Rays their first lead of the afternoon.

T4th: Sox miss out on a chance to open the game up as Christian Arroyo flies out to CF, leaving the bases loaded. Red Sox are 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

B3rd: Martin Perez powers up and gets himself out of a jam by fanning Hunter Renfroe and Nate Lowe back-to-back to strand two Rays baserunners.

B3rd:  The inexperience of Michael Chavis in the outfield proves costly. Chavis didn't pick up the ball right away, broke late to come in for it, then didn't call off shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin.

T3rd: After stinging the ball with their first two at-bats (double, homer), the Red Sox haven't done much against Charlie Morton, who has retired the last nine Boston hitters.

B1st: Mike Brosseau reaches out and slaps a hard liner into the RF corner for a run-scoring double.

B1st: Looked like the side of Bobby Dalbec's left foot was in contact with the first base bag, but Manuel Margot is ruled safe at first and the Sox don't challenge.

T1st: Christian Vazquez snaps a long homerless streak, who hammers a hanging breaking ball and drives it out to left. Vazquez had gone 123 at-bats and almost six weeks without one.