Wilyer Abreu, right, celebrates his two-run homer with Jarren Duran during Boston’s 8-5 win Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Wilyer Abreu and Connor Wong both drove in two runs, Brayan Bello overcome a tough second inning to go six innings, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-5 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

Boston swept the Rays on the road for the first time since April 19-21, 2019. The Red Sox had lost 15 of their previous 16 games at Tampa Bay entering the series.

Boston star Rafael Devers had his 11-game hitting streak end, going 0 for 4. His team record of homering in six consecutive games was stopped on Tuesday night.

José Caballero drove in a pair of runs with a single during a three-run second for the Rays, who have lost a season-high four straight and dropped under .500 at 25-26. Yandy Díaz hit a ninth-inning solo homer.

Bello (5-2) gave up three runs and four hits. The right-hander struck out six and walked four.

Rob Refsnyder had a tiebreaking RBI single off reliever Kevin Kelly during a five-run fifth as the Red Sox took a 5-3 lead.


Ceddanne Rafaela ended Ryan Pepoit’s night with an RBI single in the fifth. Richard Lovelady (0-2) entered and allow Wong’s two-run single before Refsynder and Dominic Smith had consecutive run-scoring hits off Kelly.

Abreu connected on a two-run homer in a three-run sixth against Kelly to make it 8-3.

Pepiot, making his first start since being hit on the lower left leg by an 107.5 mph liner by the New York Mets’ Starling Marte on May 5, allowed three runs, two hits and four walks and hit a batter in four-plus innings.


Red Sox: Right-hander Garrett Whitlock (right elbow ligament) will see Dr. Jeff Dugas on May 29 in Birmingham, Alabama to determine if he needs surgery. … First baseman Garrett Cooper was a late scratch because of right shoulder discomfort.

Rays: Center fielder Josh Lowe departed in the second inning because of right side tightness. He started the season on the injured list with a right oblique strain. … Right-hander Drew Rasmussen (right elbow internal brace surgery) had his first bullpen session.

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