David Ortiz and Pablo Sandoval celebrate the DH's fourth-inning home run Sunday. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox, Justin Masterson get better of Rays, Chris Archer

Rob Bradford
June 28, 2015 - 12:13 pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As far as wins go, this had to be classified as one of the better ones of the season for the Red Sox. Playing first-place team (Rays). Facing one of best pitchers in the American League (Chris Archer). Unknown entity going for you on the mound (Justin Masterson). The Red Sox, however, flipped the script in the series finale at Tropicana Field, claiming a 5-3 win over the Rays and Archer Sunday afternoon. While Archer did show why his stuff is considered among the best in the majors -- striking out 10 in his six innings. (He entered the game with third-most punch-outs in the AL.) But in the end, the righty would tie his season-high for most runs allowed, giving up five before exiting. Since allowing five runs to Texas on May 7, Archer had gone 6-1 with a 1.61 ERA in nine starts. But the saving grace for the Red Sox coming into the game was that Archer carried a 1-5 mark with a 5.18 ERA against the Sox in his previous eight starts. Thanks in large part to home runs by Alejandro De Aza, Pablo Sandoval and David Ortiz, that trend continued. The Red Sox initially jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to solo, two-out home runs from Sandoval and De Aza. The Sox increased their lead to 4-0 in the fourth when Ortiz launched his 12th homer of the season into the right field seats, plating Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts and Sandoval were in the middle of the Red Sox' third run, as well, with the shortstop ripping a one-out double in the sixth inning and ultimately coming in via Sandoval's sacrifice fly. While the Red Sox were getting to Archer, Masterson was holding off the Rays. The Sox starter, who was making his first big league appearance since allowing six runs in 2 1/3 innings in Oakland on May 12, gave up just one run on five hits over five innings. Masterson struck out six while not walking a batter for the first time this season. (For a complete box score, click here.) WHAT WENT RIGHT - Bogaerts continued to impress offensively, claiming another two hits. He now has 20 multi-hit games, tying Mookie Betts for fourth-most on the Red Sox. Sandoval also increased his multi-hit game total to 21, claiming the home run and a single. - De Aza also came away with two hits (single, HR), with the Red Sox now claiming an 8-6 mark in games the outfielder starts. - Despite striking out in his first two major league at-bats, Deven Marrero made his presence felt during his debut. Coming on to play second base in the second inning after a Mike Napoli ejection, the 24-year-old took a run away from the Rays with two outs in the eighth inning when he dove to nab Brandon Guyer hard-hit grounder. If he doesn't make the play Tampa Bay is within a run with a runner on first. WHAT WENT WRONG - Napoli was ejected for the fourth time this season after fanning via called third strike in the second inning. At first it didn't appear as though Napoli said much to home plate umpire Tripp Gibson, but then engaged in an animated argument following the ejection. - Former Red Sox Grady Sizemore claimed three hits in his Rays debut, including a seventh-inning RBI single off Junichi Tazawa which brought the hosts within two.

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