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Astros All-Star Gerrit Cole isn't counting out Red Sox: 'They're dangerous, man'

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Astros All-Star Gerrit Cole isn't counting out Red Sox: 'They're dangerous, man'

CLEVELAND -- One year after laying waste to baseball, are the Red Sox lying in wait? One of their chief rivals for American League supremacy isn't taking anything for granted.

Speaking at the All-Star Game, Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole said what a lot of teams are undoubtedly thinking after the Sox ripped off five wins in their last six games before the break: Sleep on them at your own peril.

"They're dangerous, man. They're dangerous," Cole said. "They have a really great starting rotation with big names, guys who pitch well in big games. They have big-time hitters, not only the most talented hitters, but some of the most clutch hitters. They play cohesively as a unit. They seem to bring guys up that have success in the moment like (Michael) Chavis and (Rafael) Devers. They just arrive and they're stars. One of my favorites, the Brock Star, going back to my Double-A Altoona days with Mr. Holt. We had some good times. They're dangerous."

The Red Sox spent most of the first half trying to accelerate out of deep gravel, but they entered the break a season-high eight games over .500. If the playoffs started today, they wouldn't be partaking, but they only trail the wild card-leading Rays by 2.5 games and the Indians by two games. They're also a half-game back of the A's.

The Red Sox and Astros have ended each other's seasons the last two years, so Cole is taking nothing for granted, especially after the Red Sox handled the Astros in five games during last year's ALCS, even though Houston's 57 wins are tied with the Yankees for tops in the American League.

"We got beat," he said. "It still obviously evokes some emotion right now. I don't like losing. It fuels you every year that you don't win, to come back and get in the weight room and get prepared. It's always on your mind that that's where we got stopped last year. We're going to try not to be stopped again this year."

And if the Red Sox are standing in their way again?

"They're a seasoned team," Cole said. "They know how to win, and boy, if they got hot at the right time, they're going to give a lot of people some fits."

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Rafael Devers sets Red Sox record for home runs by a third baseman

Rafael Devers sets Red Sox record for home runs by a third baseman

In another disappointing loss in a disappointing Red Sox season, Rafael Devers continues to make history.

Saturday, in the Red Sox' second consecutive 5-4, walk-off loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, Devers added the Sox home run record for third baseman to his resume.

The 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic brought the Sox back from a 3-1 deficit with a two-run homer in the eighth inning with an opposite-field shot to left - his 31st of the season - surpassing Butch Hobson's Red Sox mark of 30 in 1977.

Per the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham, Devers met Hobson, a Sox third baseman from 1975-80 who also managed the team from 1992-94, this past January at the Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods, but he said he was unaware he had set the record until being told after the game. 

“No, this is actually the first time I’m hearing this,” Devers said through his interpreter after the game, “It’s pretty cool, but obviously it’s a record I broke now but there’s more records I want to continue to break. So it’s just about trying to stay healthy and moving forward, try to break as many records as I can.”

Devers (.307, 50 doubles, 112 RBI) is just the second third baseman in Major League Baseball history with a 30-homer, 50-double season (the Astros' Alex Bregman did it last season) and he and Xander Bogaerts are the first teammates to reach the 30-50 mark in the same season.

Bogaerts (.305, 51 doubles) hit his 32nd homer and drove in his 110th run Saturday, putting himself in Devers' in more exclusive company. 

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Highlights of the Red Sox' 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Rays

Highlights of the Red Sox' 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Rays

FINAL SCORE:  Rays 5, Red Sox 4

IN BRIEF: A night after being officially eliminated, the visiting Red Sox go ahead in the 11th inning on a Mitch Moreland home run, but lose 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Nate Lowe's walk-off, two-run homer. The Sox lost by the same score in 11 on a Rays walk-off hit Friday night. BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 80-74

HIGHLIGHTS

3rd inning:
(Shawaryn replaces Poyner on the mound) Meadows singles to right, moves to second when Choi walks,  d'Arnaud singles, scoring Meadows (1-0, TB).

Duffy hit by a pitch, loading the bases (Brewer replaces Shawaryn on the mound), Wendle singles to right, Choi scores, d'Arnaud out at home (2-0, TB)

4th inning:
Bogaerts homers to left off Glasnow on a 0-and-1 pitch (2-1, TB).

5th inning:
PLAYING LF, HOLT PULLS ONE IN

7th inning:
(Taylor replaces Weber on the mound) Adames homers to center on a 0-1 pitch (3-1, TB). 

8th inning:
(Anderson replaces Poche on the mound) Betts singles to left. Devers hits a two-run homer to left on a 1-1 pitch (tied, 3-3).  

11th inning:
(Castillo replaces Pagan on the mound) Moreland homers to right on a 0-0 pitch (4-3, BOS).

(J. Smith replaces Workman on the mound) d'Arnaud doubles to center, Davis pinch runs, Lowe hits a two-run homer to left on a 2-0 pitch (5-4, TB).

UP NEXT:

@Rays, Sunday, 1:10 p.m., NESN
@Rangers, Tuesday, 8:05 p.m., NESN
@Rangers, Wednesday, 8:05 p.m., NESN
@Rangers, Thursday, 2:05 p.m., NESN