Red Sox - 002 000 000 - 2 5 0 Rays - 000 010 000 - 1 6 1Clay Buchholz (6.1-5-1-2-9, 94) set a season-high in strikeouts and Mookie Betts made the play of the game, gunning down Kevin Kiermaier at third base in the eighth inning, as Kiermaier tried stretching a one-out double into a triple. Craig Kimbrel allowed a baserunner with two outs in the ninth, but got Steven Souza on a fly to left to preserve the victory.
Andrew Benintendi hit the first of his two singles to begin the top of the third. He went to second on Dustin Pedroia's grounder to second. Xander Bogaerts struck out, but David Ortiz singled to right, scoring Benintendi. Betts followed with a single to right and Souza committed an error, as his throw to third to get Ortiz sailed into the Red Sox dugout, allowing Big Papi to score Boston's second run.
Buchholz allowed Tampa Bay's leadoff batter to reach base in five of the first six innings, but was burned only once. Corey Dickerson singled in the fifth, went to second on a wild pitch, and came around on Kiermasier's two-out double.
Buchholz struck out the first batter in the seventh and turned the ball over to Robbie Ross, who retired the next two Rays. Brad Ziegler was the pitcher in the eighth when Betts made a perfect one-hop throw to third to nail the greedy Kiermaier. Kimbrel fanned the first two batters in the ninth before hitting Logan Morrison (on the replay it looked like the ball hit the dirt first). Souza's fly to Benintendi in left was routine.
The Blue Jays beat the Angels, so both Boston and Toronto remain tied for first (71-54).