Sale strikes out 12 as Red Sox beat Rays 6-3

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It's hard enough to only have three reliable starters in Porcello, Rodriguez and Sale, but it's not as if this is all the trouble the Red Sox now have.

Bautista's fifth home run of the season came on a 1-and-1 pitch from Nick Vincent (1-1) and followed one-out singles by Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera to give Toronto a 5-2 lead.

You can relive Boston's thrilling victory in the video below. The Red Sox should provide clarity on why Pomeranz was removed from the contest after the game. The Rays are losers of five of their last seven games but are having no trouble hitting the ball out of Fenway Park with one homer in Friday's 5-4 win and two more on Saturday. Instead, Josh Rutledge grounded out to end the inning, leaving the tying run on third base.

"Just trying to piece together six innings and it certainly got away from us in the ninth inning", Red Sox manager John Farrell said. At a time in the schedule when they're playing sub-.500 teams such as the Rays and Milwaukee Brewers, they seem to be treading water.

Boston led 2-1 before Kiermaier hit a two-run shot on an 0-2 fastball with two out in the fifth.

"It's a blueprint of the other six starts, just a quality start", Farrell said. But they wasted a two-on, none-out rally in the eighth in part because Hanley Ramirez, who slugged 30 homers and drove in 111 runs in a renaissance 2016 season, was nursing a sore right trapezius muscle and unavailable to pinch hit. Deven Marrero drove in two runs, helping the Red Sox to their 14th win in their last 19 games against the Rays. While a double-digit strikeout game may seem like the norm for the lanky lefty these days, his latest effort puts him in rare territory in Major League history. The solo home run he allowed to Morrison marked the first extra-base hit by a left-handed hitter off Sale in 21 at-bats this season. Devon Travis became the first player to steal home for the Blue Jays since June 2, 2015, scoring on a double steal in the eighth.

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Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts dodges an inside pitch during the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park.

Brandon Moss hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and Nathan Karns struck out a career-high 12 in a no-decision as Kansas City held on to beat Baltimore.

Tampa Bay broke it open with its big ninth as RBI singles from Weeks, Beckham, Kiermaier and Sucre proceeded Souza's blast that barely cleared the Green Monster in left field. His bruised right thumb no longer appears to be a concern. May. David Robertson (2-0) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth for the win.

His counterpart, Jimmy Nelson, struck out eight, allowed four hits and an unearned run in 6 2/3 innings.

Brandon Belt and Justin Ruggiano homered, Matt Moore pitched into the eighth inning and the Giants beat the Reds in a matchup of tired teams. He came off the disabled list Friday after missing the Tigers' first 33 games with a sprained right foot.

Longoria's RBI single made it 4-2.

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