The Rays traveled up to Boston in what was suppose to be a short two game series, but do to a rainout from back in April, Tampa Bay and Boston will play two today. It was Chris Archer on the bump opposite Alfredo Aceves in a game that was surrounded by the buzz of Wil Myers joining the ball club.
After going down quietly in the top of the first the Rays found themselves trailing early again the Red Sox. Jacoby Ellsbury started things off with a double and after a long fly out by Victorino; Dustin Pedroia was able to score Ellsbury with a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield to give Boston a 1-0 lead. However, Tampa Bay did not wait long to tie the game up. After back-to-back walks to Longoria and Loney, Myers stepped to plate plate for the first time in his major league career. Myers chased the first pitch he saw and popped out to shallow centerfield, but it was Luke Scott who came up next and delivered a game tying single that scored Longoria in the top of the second.
David Ortiz continued to be a Ray’s killer and with two on in the third inning Big Papi gave the Red Sox the lead again. It was a single up the middle that put Boston ahead 3-1 as Ellsbury and Victorino came around to score. Ortiz would deliver again for the Red Sox in the fifth, once again scoring Victorino, this time with a single to right field.
The Red Sox threatened again in the fifth but with the bases loaded and Jarrod Saltalamacchia at the plate the rains started to come down above Fenway Park. After just under a three hour delay the Rays were able to escape the bases loaded jam to keep it a 4-1 game. Boston continued to tack on, with two outs in the bottom of the sixth Ellsbury and Victorino hit back-to-back triples extending the lead, 5-1.
Tampa Bay had its chances with runners in scoring position but could not get the key base hit they needed as they drop game one of the double header. Make sure to stay with 620 WDAE all night long for updates on Game 2 from up in Boston.