* Yonny Chirinos had something to prove coming off a rough outing against the Yankees in which manager Kevin Cash noted “the game sped up on him.’’ He showed well Tuesday, holding the Sox to two first-inning runs and working with a better tempo until pulled in the sixth after 88 pitches, allowing six hits and no walks while striking out five.
* Cash was too down to take any solace in the ninth-inning rally that got the Rays two runs with a chance for more. But there was some encouragement to be taken from the quality of at-bats the Rays showed, both in the hits by Matt Duffy and Ji-Man Choi and the walks by Willy Adames, Travis d’Arnaud and Tommy Pham, who forced in a run.
* Very little has gone right for Mike Zunino, as his .175 average and latest 1-for-18 skid show. But his third inning at-bat against Chris Sale, starting out 0-2 and battling through nine pitches total for a walk, was good, and set up Travis d’Arnaud’s game-tying homer.