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Final: Rays 4, Red Sox 2

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  September 26, 2012 08:51 PM

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Game over: The Red Sox ended their Fenway season with a 34-47 record with a 4-2 loss to the Rays Wednesday night. Jon Lester was beaten again, and is now 9-14 on the season. The game was played in 3:18 before 37,247. Sox players just threw T-shirts into the crowd.

Top 9th: Rays 4, Red Sox 2 Rays couldn't do much vs. Craig Breslow, who walked a batter but struck out three.

Bottom 8th: Rays 4, Red Sox 2 Not much left in the tank for these Sox.

Top 8th: Rays 4, Red Sox 2 Mark Melancon has been impressive. After allowing a leadoff single to BJ Upton, he struck out the next three batters.

Bottom 7th: Rays 4, Red Sox 2 Sox go down again as Fenway is now about half empty in this final Fenway game of 2012.

Top 7th: Rays 4, Red Sox 2 Lobaton's ground rule double off Rich Hill scored an insurance run for the Rays.

Bottom 6th: Rays 3, Red Sox 2 The Sox chipped away at the Rays lead with one run. Pedroia stole second, his 100th career theft, and after a Ross single to right, Loney's sacrifice fly got the run home.

Top 6th: Rays 3, Red Sox 1 Lester surrendered a two-out double to Ben Zobrist but struck out Longoria to end the inning.

Bottom 5th: Rays 3, Red Sox 1 Sox can't counter with anything off Cobb. Three up and three down.

Top 5th: Rays 3, Red Sox 1 Lester lost no-hitter and shutout here. Keppinger singled with one out for the first hit and that was folllowed by Pena's homer. Francisco made it back-to-back off the Triple A sign over the Monster.

Bottom 4th: Red Sox 1, Rays 0 A Lavarnway single with one out was erased by a Nava double-play grounder.

Top 4th:Red Sox 1, Rays 0 Lester again has a strong inning. Hasn't allowed a hit.

Bottom 3d: Red Sox 1, Rays 0 The Sox threatened for more, putting two runners on base. A Scott Podsednik single resulted in Dustrin Pedroia reaching on a fielder's choice and then stealing second base. Ross walked, but Loney grounded out to end the threat.

Top 3d: Red Sox 1, Rays 0 Lester continued to be on his game, retiring the bottom of the Rays order. He's pitched to the minimum nine batters so far.

Bottom 2d: Red Sox 1, Rays 0 The Red Sox drew first blood. A walk to Salty and an RBI single Daniel Nava, after Salty advanced to second on a ground ball out by Lavarnway, did the trick.

Top 2d: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Longoria drew a walk but Lester managed to get out of it when Pena knocked into a double play.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Dustin Pedroia drew a two-out walk against Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb, but Cody Ross popped out to end the threat.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Lester retired the Rays in order after a long ceremony to honor the All-Fenway team.

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