The Red Sox opened the month with a tough 13-inning loss at home to Kansas City after Brian Johnson was taken deep by Jorge Soler. However, they immediately bounced back, winning 4 of 5 to get back on track. They also played their first series of the year at Yankee Stadium, where they lost 2 out of 3 in what could be described as a humbling series, leaving the division tied after. This month showed them that the AL East was not going to be easy, with the Yankees winning 18 of 19 and putting themselves back in the race. However, the Red Sox were able to take back the division by the end of the month, heading into June with a 2 game lead.
Another noteworthy event during this month was Hanley Ramirez being designated for assignment.
Game of the month:
On May 5th, the Red Sox played the Rangers in Texas. Eduardo Rodriguez got the start, striking out 10 in 6 innings, but allowing 5 runs. Trailing 4-1 after 5, the Red Sox scored 2 runs in the 6th and 7th, with the big hit from Mitch Moreland, a 377 foot home run in the 6th. Tied 5-5 in the 9th, Andrew Benintendi tripled, then Hanley Ramirez drove him in with a sac fly. Craig Kimbrel then shut the door in the bottom of the inning to seal the victory. This win pushed them to 24-9. In a month with most wins coming via blowout, this was one of the more exciting wins for the team.