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Despite Sale's record-setting performance, Rays top Red Sox, 4-1


Despite Sale's record-setting performance, Rays top Red Sox, 4-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For a change, the story with Chris Sale on Thursday night wasn't all the bats he missed, but the ones he didn't.

Wilson Ramos homered and drove in three against Sale despite the All-Star's record-setting performance, rookie Jake Faria remained unbeaten and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1.

Ramos homered on a first-pitch fastball for two runs in the sixth inning, the second homer allowed by Sale in the game.

"I was trying to get ahead," Sale said. "He had other plans."

Sale (11-4) struck out 12 while giving up four runs and seven hits in seven innings. He became the first Red Sox pitcher to strike out 10 or more in 12 games before the All-Star break, surpassing the 11 games of Pedro Martinez in 1999.

"The one thing with Chris - you look at the walk totals (22 walks in 18 starts), he's going to be around the plate," Boston manager John Farrell said. "If guys are aggressive against him, they may end up getting a pitch that's on the plate because he attacks everyone."

Faria (4-0) gave up a run and four hits while walking four in six innings. The rookie right-hander has pitched at least six innings in each of his six starts.

Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Ramos' homer capped the scoring.

"It sucked the energy out of us, and that's on me," Sale said. "It's easier to fight when you're down one than when you're down three, so I put our guys in a bad spot."

Peter Bourjos had homered earlier to put the Rays up 2-1.

Ramos has three homers in seven games since returning from a torn ACL, and nine RBIs in his past five games.

"I feel a lot better at the plate," he said. "I'm happy because I'm getting my timing back with my swing."

Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts left in the first inning with a right hand contusion after getting hit by Faria's pitch. X-rays were negative.

Deven Marrero entered for Bogaerts and drove in Boston's run with a sacrifice fly in the third. The Red Sox entered with a four-game lead in the AL East but had only five hits, all singles.


Rays first baseman Logan Morrison, who has reached base in 26 straight games, had two of his three hits off Sale and is now 5 for 12 against the left-hander. "His at-bats against Chris Sale are very impressive," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "You don't see too many left-handed hitters willing to stay in there like he does."


Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, who has been on the disabled list since June 2 with a right knee subluxation, pitched batting practice and will make another rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday before rejoining the rotation after the All-Star break.

Rays: INF Tim Beckham was out of the lineup with a sore left ankle.


Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (8-4) will pitch Friday night's game. He is 5-1 with a 2.52 ERA in his last nine starts.

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (5-3) has allowed a home run in 12 straight appearances, a franchise record, but is 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in five home starts against Boston

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”