"His approach has been consistent," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "It was good to see him turn on a fastball in for the home run and then stayed through the middle of the field. He squared up two balls tonight. The ball really jumped off his bat. He's settled in nicely in the time he's been here."
It was a pretty nice night for Vazquez's batterymate also. Allen Webster fired seven strong innings, allowing seven hits and a run. He walked one and struck out five.
Webster finished the season strong, going 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA over his last three starts, and putting his name in the mix as a candidate for Boston's 2015 starting rotation.
"We've got a lot of young guys coming up, and everybody's really good," said Webster. "We have a lot of good arms, a lot of good infielders and outfielders. We're looking good going forward."
Rusney Castillo had a big night too, ripping his first career home run.
"Feels good to not only hit my home run, but to have it be here at home at Fenway, it's that much more special," Castillo said through interpreter Adrian Lorenzo.
The Red Sox took an early lead on a sacrifice fly by Daniel Nava in the bottom of the first. Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts started the rally with singles.
Vazquez took a big swing in the second, unloading for a two-run homer to left.
"I feel good. I feel comfortable. I feel great at home plate," said Vazquez. "My first one is a pleasure. My family was here, and it's a pleasure."
In the third, Castillo belted his three-run rocket over the Monster.
"We know it's a skills package that has got [offense]," said Farrell. "There's arm strength. There's speed on the bases. In BP, he shows you that and tonight it carried over into the game. I think it's just a matter of getting regular at-bats and more rhythm and flow to the games played."
Boston continued to add on in this one. In the sixth, Betts ripped an RBI double and another run scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Yoenis Cespedes.
Bryce Brentz (RBI single) and Vazquez (RBI double) turned the game into a full-fledged romp in the seventh.
"Give them credit," said Rays manager Joe Maddon. "They totally beat us up tonight."
Next up for the Red Sox? A three-game series at Fenway against Derek Jeter and the Yankees.
"I think he should [play], and he will," said Red Sox DH David Ortiz. "Even one at-bat. I know that he probably will be thinking about leaving it right there. But he's a guy who knows what he does very well. Everybody is expecting him to get an at-bat or play in a game, or whatever."