Bogaerts Hits Grand Slam, Red Sox Explode For 10 Runs In Win Over Rays
Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam in the second inning to propel the Red Sox to a 10-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Saturday.
Bogaerts finished 2-for-6 on the afternoon, driving in six runs total. He also hit a two-run double in the first inning, as the Red Sox jumped to an early 8-2 lead and never looked back.
The shortstop’s grand slam off Rays starter Jake Faria was a no-doubter, a towering fly ball that cleared the Green Monster to sail completely out of Fenway Park.
Third baseman Rafael Devers also went deep for his first home run of the young season, tacking on a solo shot in the seventh inning.
J.D. Martinez’s dormant bat also came alive on Saturday, as the DH hit his first homer as a member of the Red Sox. He went 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs on the afternoon.
Rick Porcello (2-0) picked up his second win. He settled down after a shaky first inning to allow three runs on six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in 7.1 solid innings.
Up Next: Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez makes his 2018 season debut on Sunday, when he takes the mound against the Rays’ Andrew Kittredge in the series finale at Fenway.