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Corey Dickerson, Tim Beckham homer but Rays fall to Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) -- Mitch Moreland hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning and drove in three runs, helping the Boston Red Sox rally to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Pablo Sandoval had a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who won their second straight after losing five of eight. Mookie Betts and Christian Vazquez each had three hits.

Boston trailed 5-4 before loading the bases against Danny Farquhar (0-1), and Moreland singled off left-hander Xavier Cedeno, who already has blown three leads this season. Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez advanced from first to second on Moreland's hit and limped off with what Boston called a left hamstring cramp.

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Moreland, signed as a free agent to a $5.5 million, one-year deal, has gone 16 for 33 after opening hitless in 12 at-bats.

Vazquez added an RBI double in the eighth against Austin Pruitt.

Joe Kelly (2-0) allowed one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings, and Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

Brad Miller had a two-run triple, and Tim Beckham and Corey Dickerson hit solo homers for the Rays, who have lost five of six heading into Monday morning's Patriots' Day finale of the four-game series.

Beckham homered in the fifth for a 5-4 lead against starter Drew Pomeranz, who allowed five runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts.

Sandoval had tied the score 4-4 in the third when he homered off Alex Cobb, who gave up four runs and 11 hits in five innings. Panda jumped a couple of times to celebrate with teammates on his way back to the dugout.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi went on the 10-day DL, a day after he strained his left hamstring. RHP Chase Whitley was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

Red Sox: CF Jackie Bradley Jr., on the 10-day DL with a sprained right knee, is scheduled to start in pair of games at Triple-A Pawtucket during an injury rehabilitation assignement before he is activated. . Dustin Pedroia fouled a ball off his left ankle, limped around but stayed in the game.

STRANGE START

Pomeranz threw his first seven pitches of the game for balls and got a mock cheer when he threw a strike. He also had a wild pitch.

CONTACT

Cobb failed to strike out any batters for the first time in 89 career major league starts.

UP NEXT

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (0-1, 3.18 ERA) is slated to start the series finale.

Red Sox: Knuckleballer Steven Wright (0-1, 13.50) is set to start Monday in his first outing since giving up four homers in 1 1/3 innings against Baltimore.