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Archer off to strong start, Molina's baserunning helps Rays beat Red Sox 8-0

  • Tampa Bay Rays' David DeJesus, below, is picked off at first base with the bases loaded as Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, top, makes the play in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Tampa Bay Rays' David DeJesus, below, is picked off at first base with the bases loaded as Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, top, makes the play in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli singles off off Tampa Bay Rays' Chris Archer in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli singles off off Tampa Bay Rays' Chris Archer in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer delivers a warm-up pitch in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer delivers a warm-up pitch in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

Chris Archer pitched two scoreless innings in his spring training debut, Jose Molina reached base three times and scored twice, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 8-0 Tuesday.

Archer, who finished third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, allowed a hit and struck out one.

Molina, among the slowest players in baseball went 2 for 2, including a double, walked and drove in a run. He scored from first on David DeJesus' triple in the second inning. The catcher scored two runs in a game just twice last season, the last time on July 5.

Rays right fielder Matt Joyce went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz made his Grapefruit League debut for Boston, going one inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk with one strikeout.