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Cabrera's RBI double in 8th helps Rays to 4-3 win over Red Sox and avoid sweep


BOSTON — knows it always feels better having a lucky hit at the right time.

had a game-tying RBI double and then scored on Loney's bloop single in the eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-3 comeback victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

"That's the best — like breaking your bat when you get a hit," Loney said. "Through the course of the year you hit balls hard and they don't fall. You always want to take the ones that do fall."

Loney's hit kept the Rays from falling to their fourth straight loss.

"A good win," said manager , who agreed that some victories feel better because of how they happen.

They left the bases loaded in the seventh before coming up with the go-ahead rally.

opened the game with a homer for the Rays, who had lost 13 of their last 16 road games.

had an RBI for Boston, passing Hall of Famer Andre Dawson for 37th place with his 1,592nd RBI.

The Red Sox were looking for their first sweep of a series of three or more games since early June.

(2-4) got the victory, retiring the only batter he faced. , the fourth reliever, struck out the final three batters for his 26th save.

The Red Sox wasted a solid start by , who held the Rays to two runs over 6 2-3 innings.

Trailing 3-2, opened the eighth with a double off the Green Monster against (2-4). One out later, Cabrera hit his ground-rule double over the head of right fielder . Loney followed with a bloop hit to center.

"It probably wasn't a bad pitch, but I still take responsibility," Tazawa said about Loney's hit through a translator. "I did give up the lead so I'll prepare and I'll do my best for my next outing."

Miley gave up five hits, striking out four and walking one in his season-high 120-pitch effort before being lifted after 's two-out triple in the seventh.

"I made some good pitches in some situations we needed to make them in," Miley said.

Jr. relieved and hit the first batter, walked the second, but struck out swinging on an inside cutter.

, making his fifth start since a month on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, gave up three runs in six innings.

"I thought I did a pretty good job of managing my way through it to be honest with you," he said.

The Red Sox scored twice in the first to move ahead 2-1. had an RBI double and scored on 's single.

They made it 3-1 on Ortiz's RBI double after was hit by a pitch.

Tampa Bay sliced it to one on Loney's two-out RBI double into the right-field corner.

Guyer homered on the fifth pitch, hitting a shot that caromed off a billboard above the Monster seats.


Rays: Placed OF on the 15-day DL after he broke his left hand getting hit by a fastball from on Saturday. Cash said he's expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks.

Red Sox: Placed struggling RHP on the 15-day DL with soreness in his right triceps. ... 3B was out for the third straight game because of a bruised left forearm after getting hit with a pitch Thursday before striking out pinch-hitting in the ninth. ... Manager said OF , on the seven-day concussion DL, is not expected to travel to New York for the club's upcoming series against the Yankees.


Rays RHP missed two ground balls in front of the dugout in one inning.

He took some razzing from his teammates.

"Yeah," he said of the teasing. "Typical one is: 'Ugly Finder.'"


Ramirez's bat flew into the stands about 20 rows behind the Rays' on-deck circle, but no one was injured. He had a security guard give another bat to a fan after getting back the one he was using.


Rays: RHP (6-5) was flip-flopped with Odorizzi and is scheduled to open the three-game series against LHP (6-9) when they play at the Chicago White Sox on Monday. He's made 15 starts giving up two or fewer runs, which entered Sunday tied for the AL's most.

Red Sox: Off Monday. Farrell said after the game that LHP would make his first major league start in Tuesday's series opener against (7-4) at Yankee Stadium.

PHOTO: Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Mikie Mahtook leaps but can't get to an RBI double by Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz during the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Mikie Mahtook leaps but can't get to an RBI double by Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz during the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

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