On the other side, you had Chris Archer, who had an 11-game losing streak against Boston and had suffered 11 of his 51 major league losses against the Red Sox. Erasmo Ramirez came on to relieve Odorizzi to start the second, and he served up a home run to his first batter, a solo shot off the bat of first-year Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland.
The Rays and Red Sox will play the second of their four game series on Saturday afternoon at 4:10 p.m.
In the third inning, the club announced Odorizzi exited the game with left hamstring tightness.
Daniel Hudson and Juan Nicasio allowed the Red Sox to take the lead in the eighth inning.
Rookie Austin Pruitt worked into the ninth, but Kevin Cash had to go to his closer when the Red Sox scored three runs.
Boston got a run back in the second on Hernandez's one-out double off the wall in left that plated Moreland from second. The Yanks got two home runs from Aaron Hicks in a 3-2 win over Tampa yesterday, and Luis Severino pitched possibly his best game as a Yankee, striking out a career high eleven in the win. But then, down by two runs in the eighth, they finally had the bases loaded with one out - and the game resting on the barrel of their stirring bats. Indeed, after years of heart-to-heart conversations with Ortiz and playing together over the past two seasons, it's nearly as though Ramirez takes Big Papi to the plate with him in pressure situations. In the seventh, Hanley Ramirez singled to score Marco Hernandez, but was then thrown out trying to stretch it to a double that halted the momentum of a mini-rally. "We wanted guys that had some history playing in the big leagues and Shane has that", Cash said of the club signing him during the offseason. "The thing is Hanley came out on top".
"That's how you like it, man", Sale said.
"The only mistake was the first pitch", Ramirez said.
The 30-year-old McCutchen - the NL's 2013 MVP - entered the day with just one RBI following an offseason filled with trade rumors. Chris Archer went 5.2 innings, allowing just 1 earned run on 6 hits with 5 strikeouts to improve to 2-0 this season. He did give up a lot of home runs through three games past year, but his ERA is much higher this season.
The struggling Pirates lineup could not muster anything significant until they drove Rodriguez's pitch count up.
Red Sox left-hander David Price, out since early spring training with a strained left elbow, threw a bullpen session Saturday and hopes to face hitters next week. Pablo Sandoval was up next and hit a grounder to first base. He's hitting just.133 (4 for 30) with two homers and seven RBIs. Boston activated LHP Robbie Ross Jr. from the 10-day disabled list and optioned RHP Ben Taylor to Triple-A Pawtucket.
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