"Pretty darn close", Eckersley, who spent the past year of his Hall of Fame career back with the Red Sox in 1998, said via text message Saturday night.
"It's one of those things that I don't ever get too high or too low on starts", he said.
The game was a makeup from a rainout in the opening series.
They made the move official a day later, but an arrival that normally would have been trumpeted was somber.
Craig Kimbrel pitched for the fourth time in five days for his sixth save.
Xander Bogaerts then slapped a go-ahead single to right.
"Sale was very very hard, but I liked a lot of the at-bats", said Rays manager Kevin Cash, who also liked the work of his bullpen under hard circumstances.More news: Colorado closer to allow medical pot for PTSD
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia and firefighter Mike Materia throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays in Boston, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Boston. The major league record is eight by Derrek Lee (2007) and Yadier Molina (2016). "But if I do something good, I want to know what I did so that I can repeat it, and if I do something bad I want to know so I can try not to repeat it", Wright said.
But the spirit they showed in staying in the game, from the tremendous effort of Erasmo Ramirez and the rest of the bullpen to the chances they created - even though they didn't cash in - was a promising sign of the fight, after splitting their first 12 games despite a slew of injuries, they can put up for the next 150. The former All-Star allowed just one earned run, nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts this time around.
Odorizzi, who grabbed his groin/hamstring area, winced after throwing a warmup pitch, which brought Rays manager Kevin Cash and training personnel out of the dugout. "To hold that offense in check, to pitch into the seventh, no walks, six strikeouts, the fastball command was excellent".
Pirates: They may be a bit exhausted after a quick trip in and out of Boston. "Just couldn't get it done off (Robbie Ross Jr.) there with the bases loaded".
Young has scored eight runs this season, the most on the Red Sox and tied for twelfth in the American League. He was out with the flu. He debuted in mop-in duty and a week later was optioned back to Pawtucket.
Entering Friday night's start, Chris Archer had never won at Fenway Park, going 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA (24.2-IP/20-ER) in five starts. The Pirates were 1-8 at Wrigley Field last season, but Cole is 8-2 in his career against the Cubs.
Boston Red Sox's Mitch Moreland, right, swings at a pitch as Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre, left, looks on in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston.
Betts hasn't struck out in 123 consecutive plate appearances, the longest streak by a Red Sox player since Denny Doyle's 159 in 1975.