Game over: Rays 5, Red Sox 2: David Price had a somewhat rocky few innings but bamboozled the Sox over the final six innings to improve to 19-5. The Rays have won six straight.
It was Price's fourth career complete game. He fanned 13 and was in control the whole time. Buchholz falls to 11-7.
Middle of the 9th: Rays 5, Red Sox 2: Last licks for the Sox after Vicente Padilla pitches a scoreless inning. Price stays in the game despite Fernando Rodney warming up.
Top of the 9th: Rays 5, Red Sox 2: Price is likely finished after eight innings and 102 pitches. He struck out 11, one off his season high, and scattered seven hits.
This would be six straight wins for the Rays. Oakland is tied with Texas in the sixth in Texas.
Top of the 8th: Rays 5, Red Sox 2: Price has fanned 10 and allowed seven hits. Buchholz was done after six innings. His line: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER. 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 99 pitches, 61 strikes.
Middle of the 6th: Rays 5, Red Sox 2: Sloppy inning for the Sox there. With runners on first and second, Pena grounded to first. Gomez fired to shortstop for one out and Iglesias relayed to Buchholz at first. It should have been a double play but Buchholz came off the bag.
Molina followed with a well-hit ball to left field that Nava played off the wall. One scored and another came in with Nava fumbled the ball. Molina was injured running to first and came out of the game. Jose Lobaton replaced him.
Top of the 6th: Rays 3 Red Sox 2: Price has settled down. Buchholz, too. William Shatner is here. That's all I really have for you at this point.
Top of the 4th: Rays 3, Red Sox 2: Ciriaco and Nava singled with one out. With Pedroia up, Ciriaco inexplicably tried to steal third and was thrown out.
Here's why you don't do that:
1. Pedroia is up.
2. You have the speed to score from second on a single.
3. Pedroia is up.
Ciriaco does a few things you like. But he has a tendency to over-reach at times.
Pedroia, naturally, doubled and Nava went to third. He scored from there on a balk by Price. Ross had a chance to tie it and struck out. So the Sox have six hits in the last two innings and two runs thanks to bad base running.
Middle of the 3rd: Rays 3, Red Sox 1: The Sox scored a run in the second. Ross singled before Gomez singled off the ladder on the wall in left. You almost never see that.
Lavarnway popped out and Ross held at third. Valencia followed with a liner to the gap in left. He took a wide turn around first and was thrown out going back to the base. So the Sox turned three hits into one run.
Middle of the 2nd: Rays 3, Red Sox 0: Buchholz walked Longoria on six pitches and Scott on four. Then he threw a first-pitch, get-me-over fastball to Keppinger. He crushed it off the base of the light tower in left.
Middle of the 1st: Rays 0, Red Sox 0: The game started after a delay of 12 minutes. Can't believe Curt Schilling missed the ceremony and another chance to criticize Valentine.
Buchholz retired the side in order. That's 8 shutout innings in a row for him against the Rays.
2004 ceremony underway: Those in attendance from the 2004 team are riding duck boats around the warming track.
Terry Francona got a big hand. The trophy is on one of the boats. The players are throwing soft baseballs to the crowd. This is nice and all, but Fenway is about a third full.
Here is who showed up:
Players: Keith Foulke, Nomar Garciaparra, Adam Hyzdu, Pedro Martinez, Dave McCarty, Kevin Millar, Joe Nelson, Trot Nixon, David Ortiz, Phil Seibel, Jason Shiell, Mike Timlin, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Alan Embree.
Manager: Terry Francona,
Coaches: Ron Jackson, Lynn Jones, Dave Wallace, Brad Mills.
Ortiz hopped on a duck boat from the dugout. The scoreboard showed messages from Derek Lowe, Dave Roberts and Bronson Arroyo.
Foulke threw out the first pitch to Varitek and the catcher jumped into his arms like that night in St. Louis.
Pre-game: No replacement refs here at Fenway. Just good old baseball. The Sox entertain the Rays in the penultimate home game of this tortured season. It's a good pitching matchup as Clay Buchholz faces David Price.
The Sox have a lineup that includes Pedro Ciriaco, Daniel Nava, Mauro Gomez, Ryan Lavarnway, Danny Valencia, Che-Hsuan Lin and Jose Iglesias. If those seven guys were at a table at Legal Seafood, how many people would know they played for the Sox?
But if you're reading this blog, bet you do. So hang out for updates and we'll try to be entertaining.
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