Brad Miller hit a two-run homer to break the tie in the eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays won three of four in the series against the Boston Red Sox, beating Sunday 5-3.
Miller hit the ground with two outs to Joe Kelly (3-1). The ball traveled all around the right field and thus finished the best pitch of the pitcher in his life, of 23 consecutive appearances without tolerating annotation.
In the eighth, Brad Boxberger (1-0) emerged from a quagmire, with two outs and two men on the trails. Alex Colomé pulled three outs in the ninth to earn his 25th save.
Tampa Bay, which has a 47-43 record, adds 13 more wins than the previous year to the All-Star break. He is three and a half games under the Red Sox, leaders of the Eastern Division of the American League.
Dustin Pedroia hit his second homer in three days and his fourth of the year. The two-run homer in the seventh inning of Chris Archer gave Boston a 3-2 lead.
Mookie Betts made a comeback to Archer’s third pitch in the game. He set a record for the Red Sox with 11 homers in the first round of a game.
For the Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez 3-2. Christian Vázquez of 4-0.
For the Rays, Wilson Ramos 4-1.