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Red Sox win in 11 after Rays' Wander Franco homers in debut

Field Level Media
23 Jun 2021, 13:55 GMT+10

Rafael Devers hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the 11th inning as the visiting Boston Red Sox spoiled the major league debut of Rays top prospect Wander Franco with a 9-5 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Franco, ranked as baseball's No. 1 prospect by MLB.com, hit a three-run homer for his first hit and finished 2-for-4. He hit second in the Rays' lineup and started at third base after being promoted from Triple-A Durham before the game.

In the 11th, Devers hit a line drive under Rays first baseman Yandy Diaz's glove with no outs to plate runners from second and third. Hunter Renfroe followed with an RBI single, and Enrique Hernandez tacked on a sacrifice fly.

Renfroe also slugged a two-run homer as he and Devers finished with three RBIs apiece. J.D. Martinez added two RBIs for Boston.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in six innings.

Darwinzon Hernandez (2-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the victory. Boston has won five of its past seven and sent Tampa Bay to a seventh straight defeat.

Andrew Kittredge allowed a hit, walked one and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning in an opener role for the Rays. Ryan Yarbrough surrendered five runs on five hits over two innings in relief of Kittredge.

Tampa Bay reliever Pete Fairbanks (1-3) took the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) over two innings.

Franco walked in his first plate appearance and scored as Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Francisco Mejia's two-out single plated Diaz, and Franco scored on a throwing error by Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

Boston scored five times in the third on the strength of Martinez's two-run double, a sacrifice fly by Devers and Renfroe's ninth home run of the year.

Franco's three-run blast in the fifth tied it at 5-5. After rounding the bases, Franco re-emerged from the Rays' dugout for a curtain call.

--Field Level Media

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