Velazquez, Red Sox take 3 of 4 from the Rays with 2-1 win

The Boston Red Sox have never started a season with pitching like this.
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Hector Velazquez continued a riveting stretch by the rotation, working into the sixth inning and leading the Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 Sunday for their third win in a row.
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Kelly gave up two-out singles to Mallex Smith and Adeiny Hechavarria in the ninth before striking out Denard Span. Cora said closer Craig Kimbrel was not available after saving games Friday night and Saturday.

They pitched great, Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts said. We didn’t give them too much run support but they held up for us. If we can win these low-scoring games, we know we can win the high ones, too.

Donaldson went 2 for 4 with three RBI. Diaz had three hits before leaving after six innings because of back spasms. He is day to day.

Donaldson and Diaz also went deep in Monday’s night’s 4-2 victory over Chicago. The Blue Jays have hit at least one home run in each of their first six games for the first time since 2000.

We can spread it out through the lineup pretty good, manager John Gibbons said. It’s a good-hitting park. We’ll hit our share.

Ten of Toronto’s 14 hits were for extra bases, including seven doubles.
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The story of the day was their offense, White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. We just weren’t able to contain them.

Avisail Garcia, Tim Anderson and Yolmer Sanchez hit solo home runs for the White Sox. Chicago has 12 home runs over its first four games.

RHP Adam Wainwright (left hamstring strain), who is eligible to off the disabled list Thursday, worked out again before the game. Matheny was non-committal Atlanta Falcons Jersey about a timeline for the return of the 36-year-old right-hander.