Game over: Rays 8, Red Sox 2
The Sox go in order as the crowd boos. That's five straight losses, a sweep at the hands of the Rays and now they're six games out of first.
Middle of the 9th: Rays 8, Red Sox 2
The Sox need six to tie and seven to win. Stranger things have happened. Like paying $102 million for Daisuke Matsuzaka. Or thinking people would buy into the whole "run prevention" idea. Or believing David Ortiz wasn't finished.
Top of the 9th: Rays 8, Red Sox 2
Scott Schoeneweis in for the Sox after two scoreless innings from Ramon Ramirez. The bullpen has pitched well today, at least.
Top of the 8th: Rays 8, Red Sox 2
Bill Hall, who had been 0 for 10, singled off the wall with two outs in the 7th and scored on a home run to right field by Hermida, who had been in a 1-for-17 slump. Varitek now catching, to the delight of the crowd.
Top of the 7th: Rays 8, Red Sox 0
Ramon Ramirez replaced Atchison on the mound after the Sox went in order. That's seven runs in 45 innings for the Sox.
Middle of the 6th: Rays 8, Red Sox 0
The teams appear to have entered let's-get-this-over-with mode. But Atchison has done well at least: 2.2 1 0 0 0 2.
Middle of the 5th: Rays 8, Red Sox 0
The good news is I didn't have to get up insanely early to be here for this game. Oh, wait. ... Anyway, more frustration for the Franconamen. Ortiz walked and went to third on a two-out double by Drew. The game was paused there as Mayor Menino presented J.D. with a key to the city.
Alas, fan favorite Bill Hall flew to left. That left the Sox 0 for their last 32 with runners in scoring position.
On the plus side, Scott Atchison retired the side in order in the top of the 5th.
Top of the 4th: Rays 8, Red Sox 0
Yikes. Brignac doubled. Then with two outs, Bartlett nailed one off the wall and raced to third the rebound got past Hall. That was it for Lackey. Scott Atchison came in and allowed a sacrifice fly by Crawford. The crowd gave Hall a mock cheer when he caught the ball.
Lackey's day: 3.1 innings, 9 hits, 8 earned runs.
Best comment on the blog so far is from FrankDrebin:
Look at the bright side, the way things are going, it will be much easier getting a table at Remdawg's...
End of the 3rd: Rays 6, Red Sox 0
Scutaro led off with a walk. But Pedroia struck out looking before Martinez grounded into his sixth double play of the season.
Middle of the 3rd: Rays 6, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox could be joining the marathon once the fans chase them out of Fenway. This is ugly. Bartlett singled with one out and took second when Hermida misplayed the ball. Crawford followed with a single.
After Zobrist struck out, MVP-in-waiting Evan Longoria ripped a two-run double to left. Pena walked then Upton put one in the Red Sox bullpen.
Upton has four homers in the last five games. Given the way the Sox are swinging the bat, this game looks over already.
End of the 2nd: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
Beltre singled and Drew walked with one out. But Hall fouled out to first and Hermida struck out.
The Sox are 0-4 with runners in scoring position today and 0-29 last four games. They have scored seven runs in the last 41 innings. Overall, they are 0 for their last 31 with RISP. That is hard to do.
Middle of the 2nd: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
Pena singled and went to third on a single to right by Burrell with one out. The Rays clearly have no respect for Drew's arm. But Lackey got Brignac to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Top of the 2nd: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
Scutaro reached on an infield single. Then the desperate-to-score Sox had Pedroia bunt. This would be the same Pedroia who is hitting .367 and leads the team with five homers and 13 RBI.
Their best hitter out of the way, the Sox watched as Martinez flew to left and Youkilis struck out.
Middle of the 1st: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
That didn't take long. Bartlett dropped a double into right center. Crawford bunted him over and Zobrist drove in the run with a grounder to shortstop.
Top of the 1st: Rays 0, Red Sox 0
Good morning. It's not often we can say that before first pitch. The Red Sox had a guy on a horse ride down the warming track before the game. Paul Revere, I would guess. Or was it A-Rod? Hmmm.
Then the US Olympic women's hockey team threw out the first pitch.
Beautiful day at Fenway for baseball as the Sox look for a win to end their skid. Hope you're enjoying the day and can follow Extra Bases for updates.