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Dalbec homers for 5th straight game, Red Sox beat Rays 4-3

Rookie Bobby Dalbec homered for his fifth consecutive game, Rafael Devers homered and drove in three runs and the AL-worst Boston Red Sox beat the AL-best Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Thursday night.

Devers hit a two-run drive in the third and gave Boston a 4-3 lead with a run-scoring single in the seventh off Pete Fairbanks (4-2).

Dalbec’s power surge is the longest streak by a Boston rookie.

Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, left, and pitcher Matt Barnes celebrate after clsoing out the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

Hunter Renfroe and Brandon Lowe homered on consecutive pitches for the Rays, who have lost three in a row for the first time since a five-game skid from July 29 to Aug. 2 at Atlanta and Baltimore. Tampa Bay's lead was cut to 3 1/2 games over second-place Toronto, and the Rays (28-16) dropped behind Oakland (27-15) for best record in the AL.

Ryan Weber (1-2) allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings. Matt Barnes walked Joey Wendle leading off the ninth, allowed a stolen base and a two-out wild pitch, then struck out Austin Meadows with the potential tying run on third for his fifth save in eight chances.

Dalbec put the Red Sox up 3-2 with an opposite-field solo drive off Josh Fleming in the fifth. He became just the fifth player to have at least six homers in his first 10 games.

Boston Red Sox's Bobby Dalbec celebrates with third base coach Carlos Febles (52) after his solo home run off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Josh Fleming during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

Tampa Bay tied it at 2 when Renfroe and Lowe homered during the fourth off Mike Kickham. The left-hander, making made his first start since July 1, 2013, for San Francisco, gave up two runs, three hits and one walk and over four innings with eight strikeouts.

Meadows got the Rays even at 3 on a fifth-inning RBI double.

Fleming allowed three runs and six hits over 4 1/3 innings in his bid to become the first Rays pitcher to win his first four major league starts.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Josh Fleming rubs a new baseball as Boston Red Sox's Bobby Dalbec runs the bases after his solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

MOVING DAY

Red Sox: INF José Peraza was optioned to the alternate training site.

Rays: Acquired INF Pedro Martínez from the Cubs as one of the players to be named in the Aug. 30 trade for José Martínez. Martinez is son of pitching great Pedro Martínez.

Boston Red Sox's Rafael Devers lines an RBI single off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Peter Fairbanks during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Boston's Christian Arroyo scored on the hit. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right calf strain) may be back this weekend. ... RHPs Austin Brice (right lat strain) and Zack Godley (right elbow flexor strain) both went on the 10-day IL.

Rays: RHP Oliver Drake (right biceps tendinitis) threw to hitters and could return this weekend. ... LHP Cody Reed (left pinky finger irritation) went on the 10-day IL

Boston Red Sox's Christian Arroyo, background, scores ahead of the tag by Tampa Bay Rays catcher Michael Perez on an RBI single by Rafael Devers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

UP NEXT

Rays LHP Blake Snell (3-1) and Red Sox RHP Andrew Triggs (0-2) are the scheduled starters Friday night.

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Tampa Bay Rays' Manuel Margot (13) steals second base ahead of the tag by Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Making the call is umpire Ben May (97). (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

Tampa Bay Rays' Austin Meadows celebrates his RBI double off Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Ryan Weber during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Rays' Manuel Margot scored on the hit. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

Tampa Bay Rays' Hunter Renfroe flips his bat as he hits a solo home run off Boston Red Sox pitcher Mike Kickham during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames (1) forces Boston Red Sox's Yairo Munoz (60) at second base and relays the throw to first in time to turn a double play on Jackie Bradley Jr. during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)