Aceves, Nava help Red Sox slip by Rays
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Alfredo Aceves turned in six strong innings in an emergency start to help the Boston Red Sox record a 2-1 decision over the Tampa Bay Rays in the rubber match of a three-game series from Tropicana Field.
Boston had a three-game win streak snapped with Tuesday's 8-3 loss to the Rays, but bounced back behind Aceves' effort and a two-run homer by Daniel Nava that accounted for the deciding runs.
Pressed into duty after originally-scheduled starter Franklin Morales was forced to throw the final two innings of Monday's 14-inning victory, Aceves (3-1) held the Rays to one run on four hits before four Boston relievers protected the lead with a combined three scoreless frames. Andrew Bailey fanned two in the ninth to notch his seventh save of the season.
Tampa Bay managed just six hits on the night, with Evan Longoria's solo homer in the sixth inning providing the lone scoring in the Rays' seventh loss in nine meetings with their AL East rivals this season.
Chris Archer (1-2) struck out seven batters in four innings of work, but threw 103 pitches over that period and walked four in addition to serving up Nava's homer.
06/12 22:41:22 ET