Game over: Rays 5, Red Sox 3: A first-inning three-run homer by David Ortiz is all the Red Sox could manage against the Rays pitching staff. Matt Moore improved to 7-0 while John Lackey took the loss.
The Red Sox lost this one on a missed pop up hit by Matt Joyce in the infield near first base in the fourth inning which Mike Napoli lost. It scored two runs. The winning runs. Fernando Rodney closed it out (struck out the side) for the Rays. The Red Sox have now lost nine of 11 and 10 of 14 games. It’s Jon Lester vs. David Price tomorrow night. There were 15,227 on hand at The Trop in a game played in 3:14.
Bottom 8th: Rays 5, Red Sox 3 – Jose Molina stroked a double over Jonny Gomes’ head in left and then barely made it to second base. Molina has three hits and sacrifice bunt tonight. That came off Craig Breslow. Alex Wilson got the final out.
Top 8th: Rays 5, Red Sox 3 – Nothing doing for the Red Sox, who can’t seem to get untracked at the plate, Napoli struck out for the third time in a three-up, three down inning.
Bottom 7th: Rays 5, Red Sox 3 – Great running catch on a pop by James Loney to short left by Jonny Goems to end a 1-2-3 inning by Craig Breslow.
Top 7th: Rays 5, Red Sox 3 – Joe Maddon keeps saying that sooner or later his bullpen will be the best in baseball. Not quite there yet. The Red Sox rallied off hard-throwing left Jay McGee who amping it up to 97 mph. But he walked two. He came out for righty Josh Lueke, who retired Shane Victorino on a hard liner to first base.
Bottom 6th: Rays 5, Red Sox 3 – Busy inning with Andrew Miller allowing a single to Kelly Johnson before exiting for Clayton Mortenson. Jose Molina lay down a sacrifice bunt before Yunel Escobar walked. Mortensen then got two key outs on fly balls to right field by Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce to escape the potential damage.
Top 6th: Rays 5, Red Sox 3 – A leadoff Dustin Pedroia walk didn’t yield much off Matt Moore, who got the next three batters including the final two – Napoli and Gomes on strikeouts.
Bottom 5th: Rays 5, Red Sox 3 – Loney doubled to the right field corner and was thrown out trying to steal third with Luke Scott up.
Top 5th: Rays 5, Red Sox 3 – Stephen Drew smacked a double to rightcenter, but the Red Sox couldn’t drive him in even after Jacoby Ellsbury walked with two outs.
Bottom 4th: Rays 5, Red Sox 3 – It all fell apart for Lackey who has thrown 56 pitches the last two innings. Three straight singles by Longoria, Loney and Scott produced one run. After Kelly Johnson struck out , Jose Molina stroked a two-run single to right. Escobar followed with a single and both scored on Matt Joyce’s pop up to first that was misjudged by Mike Napoli. It was a ruled a hit, but what a huge mistake. Some here are thinking the ball may have hit a wire, but hard to tell.
Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Rays 0 – The Red Sox went down in order, 11 straight by Moore.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 3, Rays 0 -Busy inning for John Lackey as he loaded the bases allowing a single to Jose Molina, a double to Yunel Escobar, a walk to Matt Joyce, but Lackey got two key outs – a liner to third baseman Will Middlebrooks and and grounder to third by Ben Zobrist to end the inning and strand the bases full.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 3, Rays 0 – Moore retires the top of the Red Sox order 1-2-3 and has now retired eight straight.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 3, Rays 0 – Lackey’s rolling along. He’s retired the first six batters he’s faced. Lackey entered the game 1-3 with a 2.82 ERA.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 3, Rays 0 – Moore, 6-0 with a 2.14 ERA entering the game, has settled down. He struck out the side – Will Middlebrooks, Stephen Drew and Ryan Lavarnway.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 3, Rays 0 – John Lackey made quick order of the Rays, striking out Desmond Jennings and getting Matt Joyce (fly to center) and Ben Zobrist (ground out).
Top 1st: Red Sox 3, Rays 0 – David Ortiz smacked his fifth homer, on an inside fastball from lefty Matt Moore with Jacoby Ellsbury (HBP) and Dustin Pedroia (double) aboard, into the rightfield bleachers. The ball went out in a hurry..
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