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Sale dominant as Red Sox limit Rays' bats

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Making his second Grapefruit League start, and first at home, left-hander Chris Sale struck out five over four scoreless innings as the the split-squad Red Sox beat the Rays, 2-1, on Saturday at JetBlue Park.

"I felt good," said Sale, who gave up one hit with one walk and threw 56 pitches, 42 for strikes. "I finally got through the amount of innings we wanted to. … We got some good work today.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Making his second Grapefruit League start, and first at home, left-hander Chris Sale struck out five over four scoreless innings as the the split-squad Red Sox beat the Rays, 2-1, on Saturday at JetBlue Park.

"I felt good," said Sale, who gave up one hit with one walk and threw 56 pitches, 42 for strikes. "I finally got through the amount of innings we wanted to. … We got some good work today.

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"I felt like I had a pretty good combination of everything. Sandy [Leon, the catcher] really led me through that game. I was just going with what he had for me. I was able to command all my pitches for strikes, especially my fastball. I felt really good with my fastball today, in and out, up and down. Everything else just kind of played off of that."

Video: TB@BOS: Sale fans five across four scoreless innings

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Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb gave up two runs on four hits, while walking two and striking out one over 3 1/3 innings in his third spring start. He threw 63 pitches, 40 for strikes.

"I'm on the right path," Cobb said. "Real excited to get on the mound again. Get a bullpen. Just play catch. And take away a lot of stuff that I learned about myself today."

Alec Sole drove in the Rays' lone run with an RBI single in the eighth off Brandon Workman.

Video: TB@BOS: Sole lines an RBI single to right field

Sale was assisted by several nifty fielding plays, including one by Pablo Sandoval to corrral a hot shot by Rickie Weeks Jr. for the second out in the fourth inning.

The Red Sox sent seven batters to the plate in the third inning, scoring twice. Dustin Pedroia led off with a single to center, Brock Holt flied out and Mookie Betts walked before Hanley Ramirez flied out for the second out. With Mitch Moreland batting, Pedroia stole third and scored on Moreland's single to left.

Video: TB@BOS: Moreland smacks RBI single to left

With Sandoval batting, Betts stole second and scored on Sandoval's single before Allen Craig grounded out to end the inning.

Video: TB@BOS: Sandoval sneaks an RBI single through shift

Rays Up Next: The Rays will host the Blue Jays on Sunday in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest at Charlotte Sports Park, live on MLB.TV, and Tampa Bay will use a parade of relievers, starting with Tommy Hunter. Also expected to see action are Erasmo Ramirez, Xavier Cedeno, Dana Eveland, Danny Farquhar, David Carpenter, Ryan Garton,and Andrew Kittredge. Ryan Borucki is slated to start for the Blue Jays.

Red Sox Up Next: The Red Sox travel to Clearwater to face the Phillies on Sunday at 1:07 p.m. ET, live on MLB.TV. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to make this third Grapefruit League start. In five combined innings, he has allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Maureen Mullen is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Red Sox on Saturday.