Red Sox rally past Rays for 8th straight win

Boston Red Sox's Christian Vazquez, left, celebrates with relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel, right, after they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game, Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Andrew Benintendi hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Boston's wild six-run eighth inning, and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 on Sunday for their eighth straight win.

The Red Sox improved to 8-1 with the sweep of their weekend set against the struggling Rays. They also improved to 5-0 in one-run games.

Tampa Bay has dropped eight straight since its win on opening day.

The Rays led 7-2 before Boston's impressive rally, helped by a pair of wild pitches by Tampa Bay.

Rafael Devers hit a two-run double and scored on Christian Vazquez's single to get the Red Sox within one. Vazquez advanced on a wild pitch by Alex Colome (0-1) and scored on Mookie Betts' single.

Benintendi followed his clutch double to center, a highlight in a tough start for the young outfielder.

Carson Smith (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his third save.

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