ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rusney Castillo had a go-ahead two-run single in the 13th inning, and Rich Hill was strong in his first start in six years as the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on Sunday.
Boston loaded the bases in the 13th on one-out singles by Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and Travis Shaw off Enny Romero (0-1). Andrew Bellatti replaced Romero and gave up Castillo’s line drive single to left.
Heath Hembree (1-0) pitched the 12th, working out of a two-on, one-out jam to get the win. Robbie Ross Jr. allowed a single in the 13th en route to his second save.
Tampa Bay had just three hits and extended their team record extra-inning losing streak to 11 games.
Hill allowed an infield single in seven shutout innings for Boston. He struck out 10, walked one and hit two batters during a 109-pitch outing.
The lone hit off Hill came when shortstop Bogaerts couldn’t cleanly field J.P. Arencibia’s grounder on a backhand attempt in the hole during the third. Tampa Bay got its second hit in the 12th on a Steven Souza Jr. double.
Hill last started Aug. 27, 2009 against Kansas City while with Baltimore. It was his first game in the majors since last Sept. 23.
Boston slugger David Ortiz got the day off after homering twice Saturday night to become the 27th major leaguer to reach 500 homers.
Drew Smyly scattered four hits, walked two and tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings for the Rays. The left-hander has not given up a run in three of six starts since returning from a torn left labrum.
Boston’s Mookie Betts extended his career-best hitting streak to 18 games with a third-inning single. It’s the longest streak for a Red Sox player since Jacoby Ellsbury had a 19-game run in 2013.
Red Sox: INF Brock Holt (upper back spasms) missed his second straight game.
Rays: Reliever Xavier Cedeno, who hasn’t pitched since Sept. 5 due to left side tightness, had a bullpen session.
Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (9-5) looks to extend his winning streak to four games against RHP Kevin Gausman (2-6) and the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
Rays: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (10-5) will go against New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (4-9) Monday night. Ramirez has allowed one run and four hits over 11 innings in winning two starts this season against the Yankees. Sabathia is winless in eight starts, the longest single-season drought in his career.