The Red Sox improved to 3-1 on the season with a 2-1 Easter Sunday win over the Tampa Bay Rays, sealing a victory in the team’s first series of the 2018 campaign.
Red Sox free-agent addition J.D. Martinez drove in his first run of the season in the fifth inning with a single to left that scored Mookie Betts, at the time the tying run. Rafael Devers followed that up with a base hit in the sixth inning that drove in Jackie Bradley Jr.
Righty Hector Velazquez (1-0) earned his first win of the season in a fill-in start for the injured Drew Pomeranz. He hurled 5.1 innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and a walk. The lone Rays run came on a solo home run by Brad Miller in the second inning.
Joe Kelly helped redeem his struggles in the eighth inning of the Red Sox’ Opening Day loss with his first save of the season. He struck out Denard Span with the tying run on third base to seal the win.
Reliever Marcus Walden also appeared for the Red Sox, making his major-league debut when he entered in the seventh inning. Walden made a great play to snag a line drive hit back in his direction by the Rays’ Adeiny Hechavarria.
Up Next: The Red Sox head to Miami to start a quick two-game series with the Marlins on Monday night.