BOSTON (NEWS CENTER) - Pitcher Rubby De La Rosa pitched seven shutout innings in his first Major League start in nearly years Brock Holt hit is first career homer, and the Boston Red Sox won their sixth straight with a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Less than a week after having two bench-clearing incidents, including Friday when four Red Sox were tossed, including three acting managers, both teams kept things civil on Saturday.
In his first ever start with the Red Sox, De La Rosa allowed only four hits while striking out eight batters. The 25-year old was called up from Triple A Pawtucket earlier in the dayto fill the the void in the rotation left by injured starter Clay Buchholz, who was placed on the disabled list Thursday,
Like Holt, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer for his first of the season.
The Sox received addition run support from Jonathan Herrera, who had three hits, AJ Pierzynski, and Mike Carp as each drove in a run for Boston.
The Rays lone run came in the eighth inning when Kevin Kiermaier hit an inside-the-park home run.
Boston's six-game winning streak is the longest for the Red Sox since April 13-20, 2013 when they won seven straight.
Jon Lester (5-6) will take the mound in search of a series sweep against former Red Sox pitcher Erik Bedard (2-3).