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Home is where the losses are for Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 25, 2012 11:14 PM

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Tuesday night's 5-2 loss against the Rays left the Sox at 34-46 at Fenway Park this season. It's their worst record at home since the 1965 team went 34-47.

The Sox are a pedestrian 126-117 (.516) at home the last three seasons. They were 320-166 (.658) the six years prior.

Among the many issues on the agenda for next season is finding a way to play better at home.

"It's usually the flip side of that, knowing that we're going home and we're going to win," said Clay Buchholz, who took the loss Tuesday night. "It's a little different. But this year as a whole is going to leave a sour taste in a lot of guys' mouths. To know that you don't want to be at that point again is going to drive just about everybody in this clubhouse to be prepared and to be ready for spring and the beginning of next season."

Meanwhile:

That David Price struck out 13 without a walk tells you how weak the Red Sox lineup was.

Pedro Ciriaco, Daniel Nava, Mauro Gomez, Ryan Lavarnway, Danny Valencia, Che-Hsuan Lin, and Jose Iglesias were 4 for 24 with 11 strikeouts.

The 13 punchouts were a season high for Price and matched the most by a pitcher against the Sox this season. Felix Hernandez and Stephen Strasburg also did it.

Buchholz (11-7) has lost four straight decisions, the longest such streak of his career.

The Sox announced the attendance as 37,045 and said they have drawn 3,005,756 fans. That's the fifth time over three million in team history, all since 2008.

Sox are 9-8 against the Rays with one game left.

The Rays have won six straight. But Oakland beat Texas, so Tampa Bay remains three out in the wild card.

At 69-86, the Sox have to go 4-3 in their last seven games to avoid 90 losses for the first time since 1966.

Mike Aviles has 10 plate appearances in the last nine games. They should be getting a good look at Jose Iglesias. But doesn't Aviles deserve to play ahead of Danny Valencia?

That's it from here. Thanks for reading.

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