Betts slugs 16th HR as Red Sox beat Rays

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Mookie Betts hit his major league-leading 16th homer, Chris Sale struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Willy Adames made his big league debut and hit a solo home run off Sale in his second at-bat. The 22-year-old shortstop went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts. He was acquired from Detroit as part of a three-team trade that sent Rays ace - and current Sale teammate - David Price to the Tigers on July 31, 2014.

Sale (5-1) gave up four hits and walked two. He has allowed three runs or fewer in his first 11 starts, the longest stretch by a Boston pitcher to open a season since Pedro Martinez's 12 in 2001.


AL Runs Scored
Rank Name R
1 M. Betts, Bos48
2 M. Trout, LAA38
3 F. Lindor, Cle36
4 A. Judge, NYY35
5 G. Springer, Hou34
6t B. Gardner, NYY33
6t M. Semien, Oak33
8t J. Segura, Sea32
8t G. Stanton, NYY32
10t A. Benintendi, Bos31
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NL Runs Scored
Rank Name R
1 O. Albies, Atl42
2 C. Blackmon, Col36
3 T. Pham, StL35
4 C. Hernández, Phi34
5t F. Freeman, Atl32
5t B. Harper, Was32
7t N. Markakis, Atl31
7t C. Taylor, LAD31
9 S. Marte, Pit30
10t K. Bryant, ChC29
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