PORT CHARLOTTE (620 WDAE) -- In his first game back from hamstring tightness, Adeiny Hechavarria had three hits in as many at-bats, but the Tampa Bay Rays saw the Boston Red Sox explode for five runs in the ninth inning to take a 9-1 decision Tuesday at Charlotte Sports Park.
Hechavarria doubled in the bottom of the first off Hector Velazquez, then singled in the third off Velazquez and singled again in the sixth off reliever Matt Barnes. Matt Duffy, also returning from back spasms, had a hit in one of his two trips to the plate.
Boston put up three runs in the second inning thanks to a stretch of four batters, as Chih-Wei Hu allowed back-to-back solo home runs to Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts, then back-to-back doubles to Blake Swihart and Ivan De Jesus.
Tampa Bay countered in the bottom of the inning with a blast from Jake Bauers that landed atop the administration building beyond the right-field boardwalk, his first home run of the spring, to cut the deficit back to 3-1.
That would be as close as the Rays would get, as Boston got an RBI single by Rusney Castillo off Evan Scribner in the seventh to make it 4-1, then erupted in the ninth off Forrest Snow with Santiago Espinal and Esteban Quiroz both taking right the right-hander deep.
Tampa Bay did get another perfect inning of relief from Diego Castillo, a scoreless frame from Daniel Hudson, and two scoreless innings by Andrew Kittredge.
The Baltimore Orioles come back to Charlotte Sports Park Wednesday, with Blake Snell getting the start against Mike Wright Jr. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.