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Trevor Story homers, Red Sox edge Rays 4-0 at Fenway


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Trevor Story, right, is congratulated by Christian Arroyo after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning. AP Photo/Mary Schwalm

BOSTON (AP) — Trevor Story hit a solo home run, Kutter Crawford pitched 5 1/3 innings of relief on two hits and the Boston Red Sox won their eighth straight July 4 game, beating the Tampa Rays Bay 4-0 on Monday.

Franchy Cordero added an RBI single for the Red Sox, who won their second straight game and improved to just 9-16 against the AL East rivals.

With a handful of its players wearing long sleeves with stars and stripes on a hot, sunny day, Boston tied its franchise record for consecutive 4th of July wins, accomplished from 1901-04 and 1936-39, when the teams played doubles.

Tampa Bay saw its three-game winning streak snapped and lost a road series opener for the eighth straight time. The Rays had just two hits, both singles.

Story put the Red Sox ahead in the fourth quarter, prompting a substitution for Josh Fleming (2-4) at the back of the Boston bullpen for his 13th homer.

Boston went with a bullpen game because scheduled starter Michael Wacha was scratched Sunday with what manager Alex Cora called the dead arm. The Red Sox pitched Austin Davis for two no-hitter innings before using two more relievers.

Crawford (2-2) struck out eight and walked one and John Schreiber had five outs for a third save.

The Red Sox added a run in the fifth when Christian Arroyo doubled in the lead, moved forward on a pitch and scored when Rafael Devers was credited with a hit after second baseman Isaac Paredes blew his floor trying to do a backhand pickup. Fleming kicked off a comeback with the bases loaded for a run ahead of Cordero’s single.

Fleming allowed four runs in five innings of relief.

STRETCH RESISTANT

Boston opened a 27-game series against teams with winning records.

“As important as the first 70 or anything we’ve played,” Cora said. “With our ups and downs and obviously how we struggled at the start of the season, if you look at the standings we are where we are.”

In addition to the Rays, Boston faces the Yankees, Houston, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Toronto during the race.

I’LL TAKE CARE OF IT

Tampa Bay’s Yandy Díaz got caught first too wide on his right bloop shot. Crawford, who came to cover first, took the throw and sprinted past Díaz before scoring himself.

SHUFFLE SPOKES ALIGNMENT

In addition to the return of Raley and Thompson, the Rays recalled LHP Josh Fleming from Triple-A Durham and sent RHP Phoenix Sanders and RHP Javy Guerra back there. RHP Cristofer Ogando has been opted for Durham.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: LHP Brooks Raley and RHP Ryan Thompson have been reinstated from the shortlist.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (out since spring training, stress fracture in rib cage) is expected to make a rehab start for Triple-A Worcester on Wednesday. “It feels good,” Cora said. “One, maybe two more over there.” …Cora also said Wacha would be checked. “We don’t think there’s anything structural there, just kind of like a dead arm,” the manager said. … Nathan Eovaldi (disabled list, back) and Garrett Whitlock (IL, hip) are both expected to clear the mound on Tuesday.

NEXT

LHP Jeffrey Springs (3-2, 2.25 ERA) is scheduled to face the Rays on Tuesday night. Boston RHP Nick Pivetta (8-5, 3.23) is 8-1 with a 1.95 ERA in his last 11 starts.



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