Boston, MA (Sports Network) - finished with four hits and smacked a three-run homer, as the beat the scuffling , 8-5, in the opener of a two-game set.
added a two-run homer while playing second base in place of the injured , who suffered a broken bone in his foot Friday against the . Pedroia was one of a number of Boston players to suffer an injury in the weekend set in San Francisco, joined by starter (hyperextended left knee) and catcher (broken thumb).
However, the Red Sox took the series and won their third in a row Tuesday, thanks to the offensive showing and seven strong innings from(9- 3). The right-hander allowed eight hits and walked two, but gave up just one run to win his fifth consecutive decision.
Tampa Bay's(6-8), on the other hand, dropped his seventh straight start after allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks in five- plus innings.
The Rays rallied for four runs in the final two innings, but lost for the 12th time in their last 17 games.