BOSTON — Mookie Betts logged his first career multi-home run game, hitting solo shots in the sixth and eighth innings to power the Boston Red Sox to a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
The center fielder’s first home run came on an 0-1 slider to lead off the sixth inning, bouncing off the Sports Authority sign on the Green Monster in left field to give Boston its first hit off of Rays left-hander Drew Smyly (0-1).
Betts’ second blast came on a 90 mph hour fastball from Tampa Bay right-handed reliever Ernesto Frieri two innings later.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria recorded his 1,000th career hit on a leadoff single to center in the fourth inning, providing one of the lone highlights for a Tampa Bay team that mustered eight hits.
Smyly had no-hit stuff working early in the ballgame, but the Red Sox still made him and his teammates work for it.
Boston designated hitter David Ortiz was robbed of extra bases on a spectacular running catch from Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier in the fourth. In the fifth, Tampa Bay shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera robbed rookie Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart of a hit on a diving play to end the inning.
Right-hander Rick Porcello (3-2) followed up on last Wednesday’s one-run outing by holding the Rays scoreless, striking out six and giving up eight hits in seven scoreless innings. Boston closer Koji Uehara tossed a clean ninth to pick up his fifth save.
Smyly allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings.
NOTES: Twenty six members of the 1975 World Series Red Sox team, including Carlton Fisk, were on hand for a special 40th anniversary celebration prior to first pitch Tuesday. Boston wore its 1975 throwback uniforms and fans in attendance received a Fisk bobblehead. … Red Sox LF Hanley Ramirez is listed as day-to-day after spraining his left shoulder attempting to make a catch Monday in Boston’s 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Ramirez could return as soon as this weekend against the Toronto Blue Jays, according to CSNNE.com. … Rays LHP Drew Smyly gave up fewer than two earned runs for the seventh consecutive start. … On Monday, OF Joey Butler became the first player in Tampa Bay history to homer in his first career at-bat at Fenway Park. … Tampa Bay and Boston wrap up their three-game series Wednesday night.
Reds 7, Pirates 1
PITTSBURGH — Michael Lorenzen pitched one-run ball over six innings for his first major league win and Marlon Bryd drove in four runs as the Cincinnati Reds downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Tuesday night.
Lorenzen (1-1), a rookie right-hander making his second major league start, gave up just three hits while striking out four and walking three. He was a supplemental first-round draft pick in 2013 from Cal State Fullerton.
Byrd, the left fielder, and third baseman Todd Frazier both homered and had two hits, each. Center fielder Billy Hamilton, first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips also added two hits each to the Reds’ 12-hit attack.
Frazier hit a solo shot in a two-run second inning, his seventh home run in the last 12 games and ninth of the season. Byrd connected for a two-run blast, his fourth, in the third inning to increase the Reds’ lead to 4-1 and his two-run double capped a three-run ninth.
Right-hander Jumbo Diaz and left-handers Tony Cingrani and Aroldis Chapman finished the three-hitter with one hitless inning each.
The Reds (13-13) beat the Pirates (12-14) for the sixth consecutive time, dating to last season. Pittsburgh’s overall losing streak reached four games and it dropped six of seven.
Jeff Locke (2-2) lost his second straight start, allowing four runs and seven hits in seven innings with two walks and five strikeouts.
The Pirates’ lone run came on left fielder Starling Marte’s seventh home run in the second inning that cut the deficit to 2-1.
Lorenzen gave up three solo home runs in five innings last Wednesday at Milwaukee in losing his debut after being called up from Triple-A Louisville to take the place of right-hander Homer Bailey, who underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
Infielder Kristopher Negron snapped an 0-for-23 skid with a leadoff single in the ninth. Negron scored on Hamilton’s infield single and Bryd followed with his two-run double.
Negron was filling in at shortstop for Zack Cozart, who missed his first game of the season because of a bruised right index finger.
The Reds used a pair of home runs to take a 4-1 lead in the third inning.
Frazier led off the second with a homer to center field, and another run scored later in the inning when catcher Brayan Pena grounded into a double play with the bases loaded.