BOSTON - The Red Sox beat the Rays 5-1 in the first game of a split doubleheader Tuesday at Fenway Park. The game was delayed by rain for nearly three hours in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Right-hander Alfredo Aceves started for Boston. He earned the win, improving to 4-1. He went five innings, giving up one run on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
Right-hander Chris Archer took the loss for the Rays, falling to 1-3. He went 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, including three earned, on five hits and five walks with five strikeouts.
The Red Sox got a run in the first when Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double, taking third on Shane Victorino's fly out, and scoring on Dustin Pedroia's sacrifice fly.
The Rays tied the score in the second as Evan Longoria and James Loney led off with back-to-back walks. Longoria scored on Luke Scott's double.
Boston got two runs in the third when David Ortiz's double scored Ellsbury and Pedroia, who led off with back-to-back singles.
In the fifth inning, Ortiz's single scored Victorino, who reached on an error by James Loney. After Archer walked Daniel Nava to load the bases with two outs, he was replaced by Josh Lueke. At that point the game was delayed by rain. After 2 hours, 59 minutes, play resumed. Lueke returned to the mound and struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the inning.
Boston added another run in the sixth when Ellsbury and Victorino hit consecutive two-out triples.
NOTES: OF Wil Myers made his major league debut in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader in Boston. He flied out to shallow center field on the first pitch of his first at-bat. ... Rays' manager Joe Maddon said he expects a long road back for right-hander Alex Cobb, who was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Eric Hosmer on Saturday. Maddon said he is uncertain if Cobb will pitch again this season. ... Evan Longoria returned to play third base after serving as the designated hitter for the previous four games because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot ... First baseman Mike Napoli returned to the Red Sox lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader. Napoli had missed the previous three games after leaving Thursday's game in the third inning because of an illness ... Second baseman Dustin Pedroia returned to the Red Sox lineup Tuesday. With an off-day Monday, Pedroia was given Sunday off. It was the first of the Red Sox 72 games that Pedroia had missed. ... The Sox called up right-hander Alfredo Aceves as the 26th man for Tuesday's day-night doubleheader. Aceves started the first game ... The Rays called up right-hander Jake Odorizzi as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader. He is scheduled to start the second game of the doubleheader. ... Right-hander Clay Buchholz, who has not pitched since June 8 because of soreness in his neck, was scheduled to throw between games of Tuesday's doubleheader. If he is unable to make his next start, now scheduled for Saturday, the Red Sox will call up either right-hander Allen Webster or right-hander Rubby De La Rosa.