Ryan Braun and Jeff Bandy also went deep for Milwaukee, the only team to hit three home runs in a game off Chicago starter John Lackey (1-2) last season. "Today was certainly a positive step for him".
Boston acquired the 6-foot-6 left-hander from the White Sox for four prospects during the offseason.
Boston's bullpen would give up 0 runs, 2 hits, 7 Ks and 0 BB in 3 innings to seal the win. Betts squeezed a ground ball past Beckham at shortstop to score Pedroia, and now the Red Sox are quickly up 4-2. Betts last struck out on September 12, 2016.
The Rays got one run back in the 7th inning before Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 6th save of the season.
Wright's first stint in the majors wasn't long. "I haven't had any setbacks yet", he said.
What matters is the Red Sox are now 8-5, having escaped with another close win, 4-3 over the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday, thanks to near-perfect management of a bullpen that entered the season without two of its best three relievers, Tyler Thornburg and Carson Smith.
Wright's ERA is at 13.50, which is the second-highest among Major League Baseball pitchers with two or more starts. The Red Sox rallied to take the next two games, leaping back over the Rays to sit a mere 1.5 games behind the AL East leading Baltimore Orioles. "It is such a big deal for the Red Sox in more ways than one", Wright told MLB.com.
Despite Wright's slow start, he said is staying focused: "Just the same stuff I'm always working on", he said. "Some situations that I put myself into or things didn't go your way happened". Ramirez singled in both the first and fifth innings. The rookie allowed a single, scoring a run (credited to Wright) but then got a flyout get out of the inning. Consistent contributions from Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and Andrew Benintendi are some reasons for why the Sox have such an impressive team average.
"Chad pitched a fantastic game", Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
"We definitely feel that way, without a doubt", Cash said. That didn't go as well, as Farquhar loaded the bases with one out on two singles (one an infield squibber) then a walk. "Just couldn't get it done off (Robbie Ross Jr.) there with the bases loaded".
Peterson also had an RBI single.
The Rays and Red Sox will play the second of their four game series on Saturday afternoon at 4:10 p.m.
Through two weeks of various illnesses and injuries, the Boston Red Sox are getting the most out of reserve outfielder Chris Young.
In each of Sale's three starts the Red Sox have done very little offensively, collecting only three total runs.
Peterson, called up from Triple-A before the game, hooked a drive around the Pesky Pole in right, making it 2-0 in the second.
Brian Johnson is expected to make the start for Boston against Toronto's Marcus Stroman.
The Rays fall to 2 games under.500 and finish their road trip 1-6 after giving up 4 runs and 9 hits and 1 fateful error that would decide the game.