Yandy Díaz hits game-winning single in Rays’ win over Red Sox

Yandy Díaz hits game-winning single in Rays’ win over Red Sox
Yandy Díaz hits game-winning single in Rays’ win over Red Sox

BOSTON — The bottom of the Rays’ lineup started their come-from-behind rally in the sixth inning Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Díaz continued his dramatic turnaround with a tiebreaking, two-run single to left field off reliever Greg Weissert, and Tampa Bay’s bullpen held on to complete the Rays’ 4-3 win over the Red Sox.

The Rays were down, 2-1, after five innings. Richie Palacios started the rally with a one-out single to center, then José Caballero knocked out another base hit to left against Red Sox starter Tanner Houck. Houck remained in the game to strike out Ben Rortvedt with his career-high 112th pitch of the night before giving way to Weissert.

Jose Siri immediately tied the game with a single to left, giving him his first multihit game since April 7. With Díaz at the plate, Caballero took off for third base. He might have been caught, ending the inning, but Rafael Devers dropped the throw. That error allowed Siri to scramble for second base and put two runners in scoring position for Tampa Bay’s All-Star leadoff hitter, who has authoritatively bounced back from his season-opening slump.

Díaz capitalized on Boston’s mistake, pounding a 110.4 mph single to left that drove in Caballero and Siri. Reliever Phil Maton gave up one run on a Devers homer in the sixth, but the Rays’ bullpen — with Pete Fairbanks handling the eighth and Kevin Kelly picking up the save in the ninth — held the line after that.

 
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