Friday, July 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Brad Miller's homer lifts Rays over Red Sox to cap first half (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — Brad Miller delivered in a big way Sunday, driving a curveball from Joe Kelly over the centerfield wall in the eighth inning for a two-run homer and the deciding runs in the Rays' 5-3 victory against the first-place Red Sox.

Kelly had not allowed a run in 23 straight appearances entering the game.

The Red Sox took a 3-2 lead when Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run homer off Chris Archer with two outs in the seventh inning.

But the Rays tied it in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Corey Dickerson that scored Mallex Smith.

The Rays (47-43) took three of four from the Red Sox and are four games over .500 for only the second time this season. What's more, they head into this week's All-Star break just 31/2 games behind the Red Sox.

Former Ray David Price allowed two runs in six innings for Boston.

Archer allowed three runs in 62/3 innings. He allowed home runs to the first batter (Mookie Betts) and last batter (Pedroia) he faced during the game.

Brad Boxberger walked two batters in a scoreless eighth to earn his first win of the season.

Alex Colome allowed a leadoff single in the ninth then closed the door to earn his American League-leading 25th save.

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