Tampa Bay begins a three-game home series with Detroit and Boston opens a three-game trip to Toronto on Tuesday. But the Red Sox scratched out the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Sandy Leon's bases-loaded RBI groundout and held on for a 2-1 victory, Sale's first win with his new team.
"He's put together a number of quality at-bats of late particularly", Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Moreland.
Wright also was lit up in his only other start against the Rays, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in four innings last August 31.
Pablo Sandoval gets the day off after clubbing a two-run home run in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Rays.
Odorizzi left his start Saturday after throwing the first pitch of the second inning during Boston's 2-1 win over the Rays.
For most Major League Baseball players and fans losing hurts, but losing to the Red Sox hurts much worse.
After giving up six runs in the first inning last week against the Baltimore Orioles, Wright allowed two runs in Monday's opening frame.
"I think it comes back to not getting any strikeouts", he said of his outing.
Sale, who uncharacteristically walked two in the third, got 11 outs retiring his last 10 batters, including a run of five straight strikeouts.
But rather than making Boston pay for a fielding mistake like the Red Sox did to Tampa Bay in the pivotal second inning, a familiar nemesis took the sting out of the Rays' attack.
"Sale was very very hard, but I liked a lot of the at-bats", said Rays manager Kevin Cash, who also liked the work of his bullpen under hard circumstances. They got one back in the first inning on a nice Hanley Ramirez dump single to right-center, scoring Dustin Pedroia, and they got the lead in a huge second inning thanks to a two-out rally that came out of nowhere and simply refused to die.
"Frustrating loss", said Kevin Cash.
"It was a weird one", Cobb said. However, things would go array shortly after. RHP Ben Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
For the second time in three games, the Boston Red Sox collected double digits in hits.
"Just, I guess, more games, more pitches", Benintendi said. The knuckleballer gave up four homers over 1 1/3 innings in his previous start.
When at last they reached Kenmore Square on Monday, the runners of the 121st Boston Marathon had to find one more burst of energy to get them through the final three-quarters of a mile to the finish line.
Tampa Bay Rays' Corey Dickerson (10) is welcomed to the dugout after hitting a home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. The bullpen preserved a one-run lead with three innings of scoreless ball.
Rays: LHP Blake Snell (0-1, 3.18 ERA) is slated to start the series finale.