According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Red Sox are -245 money line favorites versus the Rays, who have odds of +215 to pull off the upset in Boston.
Boston's new ace now has a major league-leading 85 strikeouts this season, while no other pitcher has more than 62. Entering the game, lefties were hitting a mere.150 with a.377 OPS and zero home runs against Sale this season, so it was a shock to see two of them take him deep in the same game. Sandy Leon had a two-run double, Cobb fired wildly past first base, allowing a run to score, and second baseman Brad Miller was charged with two errors on one play, booting a grounder and throwing the ball away, scoring another.
Chris Sale gave up his third and fourth home runs in a Red Sox uniform, but that didn't keep the left-hander from pitching Boston to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the middle game of a three-game series on Saturday at Fenway Park.
Joe Kelly worked the eighth before Craig Kimbrel finished the three-hitter for his 11th save. Beckham went 0-for-3 on Saturday while Dickerson managed a hit in a pinch-hit appearance. Especially since the Rays had fanned the most of any team, 384 times, including a majors-most 24 games of 10 or more.
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For Sunday's game, the Rays will be bringing out RHP Matt Andriese for the start. The Red Sox are having similar problems with their offense while dropping three of the last four games, though shortstop Xander Bogaerts is staying consistent and has hit safely in 15 straight games. He posted eight twice, his last coming in the final starts of his AL Cy Young Award-winning 1999 season. The two hits Sale allowed were both homers including a solo shot by Logan Morrison in the second inning and a two-run blast from Kevin Kiermaier in the fifth.
Snell debuted on the Tampa Bay roster last season, making 19 starts down the stretch for the Rays, posting a 6-8 record with a 3.54 ERA, posting a 9.9 K/9 rate.
Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (3-2, 5.23 ERA) looks to rebound from a rough outing when he gave up six runs in four innings during a loss Tuesday.
The right-hander's night started strong with three scoreless innings, but he ran into trouble in the next two frames.