#RedSox Game Summary (September 16) Staying in front. The Red Sox maintained their thin lead over the Rays (gained in the 2nd inning on a solo homer by Mookie Betts off Rays starter Alex Cobb) for several innings, thanks to the skillful work of starter Rick Porcello. In ultimately winning this game, they also maintain their thin 3 game lead over the surging New York Yankees. Boston picked up 2 more runs in the 6th inning when Christian Vázquez singled and exchanged places with Andrew Benintendi in a fielder’s choice, Benny then reached 2nd on a balk by Cobb, and stole 3rd, scoring on a Betts single. Betts advanced to 2nd when Mitch Moreland walked, and scored on a Rafael Devers double. Porcello kept the Rays off the scoreboard through 7 with an economical use of pitches, but faltered in the 8th, allowing a double to Adeiny Hechavarria, who reached 3rd when Vázquez allowed a passed ball as Brad Miller walked. Addison Reed came on with 1 out and runners at the corners. When, after putting Kevin Kiermaier out on a force at first, Moreland threw the ball away (it hit the back of Miller), Hechavarria scored what would prove to be Tampa Bay’s only run. Because of the error, the run was unearned. Reed finished off the inning, and Craig Kimbrel closed out without incident. Moreland also doubled in the game, as did the Rays’ Evan Longoria. Boston beat Tampa Bay, 3-1, at Tropicana Field. Record: 85-63. Game 148/14.