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Highlights from the Red Sox 4-3 win in extras over the Rays

Highlights from the Red Sox 4-3 win in extras over the Rays

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 4, Rays 3

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox won their third straight in Tampa on the back of another strong outing from David Price while Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts led the way for the offense. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 9-13

HIGHLIGHTS:

David Price goes five innings strong, striking out 10 Rays batters

3rd inning

Daniel Robertson two-run double (2-0 TB)

4th inning

Mitch Moreland solo homer (2-1 TB)

6th inning

Xander Bogaerts two-run single (3-2 BOS)

8th inning 

Tommy Pham solo home run (3-3)

9th inning

Devers makes a terrific play to send the game into extras

11th inning

Christian Vazquez SAC fly (4-3 BOS)

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Michael Chavis on key double: 'That was awesome, dude!'

Michael Chavis on key double: 'That was awesome, dude!'

Michael Chavis entered a big-league game for the first time in the Boston Red Sox' 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. And he didn't waste time making an impact early.

In his first plate appearance, Chavis blasted a double into center field to set up Andrew Benintendi's game-winning sacrifice fly. After the game, Chavis showed a great deal of excitement about his performance, and rightfully so.

“It was a lot, honestly. I’m going to turn off the professional mode. That was awesome, dude! I just need a second,” Chavis said per Christopher L. Gasper of The Boston Globe. “Y’all are here in this moment with me. I just need to celebrate this. It was really cool.”

It's nice to see that Chavis allowed himself to get excited. After all, it was a big hit and it was key to helping the Red Sox notch a victory in what has been a disappointing start to the season. It's never a bad thing to see a team having fun, as the Red Sox demonstrated last year, so maybe Chavis' excitement will spark the Sox moving forward.

Chavis will likely get his first start for the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon against the Rays. Once the lineups are released, the team's plans for using him will be better known.

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Red Sox lineup: Michael Chavis makes starting debut... at second base

Red Sox lineup: Michael Chavis makes starting debut... at second base

The Boston Red Sox are looking for their first series sweep of the season. After locking up a series win by virtue of their 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays last night, the team will get a chance to win the three-game series on Sunday.

Boston will trot David Price out to the mound to pitch. Price had a terrific outing against the Baltimore Orioles in his last start, pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out seven batters. His 3.79 ERA is the best among the starters and he will look to stay hot against a solid Rays lineup.

The bigger note on the lineup is the fact that the Red Sox' top prospect, Michael Chavis, will be making the first start of his career on Sunday. Chavis had a key pinch-hit double in his first major league at-bat to help the Red Sox emerge victoriously against the Rays last night. He will look prove that his bat can help pick up what has been, so far, a struggling Red Sox offense.

That said, Chavis' defense at second base will be a question mark. He has only logged five games at the position in the minors, so that will be something to watch. Tzu-Wei Lin could end up coming in late as a defensive replacement for Chavis.

Also, Mitch Moreland, who left Saturday night's win early with back spasms, is returning to the lineup.

The Red Sox will have a tough task against the Rays, as Tyler Glasnow will be on the mound. Glasnow, a part of the team's Chris Archer deal, has been terrific through four starts, posting a 4-0 record and a 1.13 ERA. His four wins are tied for most in the American League and he is averaging a strikeout per inning.

Here's a look at the full lineups for both teams.

BOSTON RED SOX (8-13)
Andrew Benintendi LF
Mookie Betts RF
Mitch Moreland 1B
J.D. Martinez DH
Xander Bogaerts SS
Rafael Devers 3B
Michael Chavis 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Christian Vazquez C

David Price LHP (1-1, 3.79 ERA)

TAMPA BAY RAYS (14-7)
Yandy Diaz 1B
Tommy Pham LF
Daniel Robertson 3B
Avisail Garcia DH
Joey Wendle 2B
Guillermo Heredia RF
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Willy Adames SS
Michael Perez C

Tyler Glasnow, RHP (4-0, 1.13 ERA)

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