Rays earn 7-1 win over Red Sox on rookie pitcher’s debut

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Brayan Bello delivers a pitch in his first career start for the Red Sox on Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park in Boston. Mary Schwalm/Associated Press

BOSTON — Corey Kluber went six scoreless innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Red Sox 7-1 Wednesday night in the major league debut of Brayan Bello, the top pitcher in Boston’s system.

With a fastball reaching 97 mph, Bello (0-1), 23, worked four innings up and down, allowing four runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander finished his 79-pitch outing by striking out two batters after the double with an out by Josh Lowe.

Randy Arozarena had a two-out, two-run brace in the third against Bello, and Kevin Kiermaier had another brace to make it 4-0. Arozarena added a solo homer in the ninth against Tyler Danish.

Kluber (4-5) allowed three scoreless hits on walks and five strikeouts.

Yandy Diaz doubled with one out in the first for the Rays and scored on Wander Franco’s single.

Tampa Bay extended their lead to 6-1 in the sixth against Hirokazu Sawamura thanks to a brace from Lowe and a walk from Ji-Man Choi.

JD Martinez had an RBI single for Boston in the eighth.

REMARKS: Boston LHP Chris Sale, out all season with a stress fracture in his right rib cage, made what could be his last start in rehab, allowing a run on three hits and five walks with five strikeouts in 3 2 /3 innings for Triple-A Worcester . … 3B Rafael Devers was out of the lineup with a sore back and a sore right hamstring. … CF Kiké Hernández, who has been out since June 8 with a right hip flexor strain, is due to begin a rehabilitation mission on Friday. … LHP Josh Taylor, out all season with a lower back injury, also made an appearance in rehab for Worcester, striking out three in one inning. … LHP Rich Hill, sidelined with a sprained left knee, pitched from flat ground. … RHPs Nathan Eovaldi, out since June 9 with lower back inflammation, and Garrett Whitlock, out since June 9 with right hip inflammation, may soon begin rehab assignments, manager Alex Cora said .


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