Watch Nick Cafardo’s analysis of the Red Sox’ loss to the Rays in our CineSport video above, which includes Terry Francona’s postgame comments.
Game over: Rays 9, Red Sox 4
On a day when the Yankees were beaten 7-0, the Red Sox missed a chance to move into a tie for first place. The team is off tomorrow then opens a three-game series with Baltimore on Friday.
Middle of the 9th: Rays 9, Red Sox 4
Pena singled before Joyce doubled off the wall (“See?” Matsuzaka said. “That’s why I walked him twice.”). But Ramirez got out of the inning.
Top of the 9th: Rays 9, Red Sox 4
Beltre hit a rocket to center that Zobrist made a nice catch of. Ortiz scored and now Beltre has 53 RBIs, too. Hall then struck out to end the inning.
Gustavo Molina (No. 44) now catching. No, he is not related to the catching Molina Brothers. He’s from Venezuela and they’re from Puerto Rico. Plus they’re good.
Bottom of the 8th: Rays 9, Red Sox 3
Just in time for it not to matter, the Sox scored a few runs. Scutaro and Patterson singled off Garza, knocking him out of the game. Lefty Randy Choate came in to face Ortiz, left his first pitch middle away and Ortiz drove it to the gap in right for a two-run double.
David now has 53 RBIs, the most on the team. Youkilis (0 for 4 tonight, 3 of his last 23, down to .297) flied to right. Ortiz tagged and went to third. Now Beltre gets a chance.
Middle of the 8th: Rays 9, Red Sox 1
An apparently beered-up Joe Maddon had Shoppach bunt with a 6-1 lead and two runners on. Why anybody would give Ramon Ramirez a free out, I have no idea.
Anyway, Jason Bartlett (who was hitting .219) homered into the Monster Seats. People then started leaving the park in a hurry.
Manny Delcarmen’s last three outings: 1 IP, 9 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 0 K. His ERA is up to 4.59.
Top of the 8th: Rays 6, Red Sox 1
Well, it was a game. Then Manny Delcarmen came in.
Pena: RBI double
Joyce: single off the glove of Youkilis
Rodriguez: two-run single
Still nobody out and Ramon “We’ve Pretty Much Given Up” Ramirez is in to pitch. This teams really needs relief help.
By the way, does Darnell McDonald ever pick up a ball clean? He needs to work on that. Pena’s double bounced off the bullpen fence and then he misplayed the carom. That seems to happen a lot with him. He overruns balls, too.
Top of the 8th: Rays 3, Red Sox 1
Beltre started the inning with a single. But Hall lined softly to shortstop before Varitek whiffed. McDonald drew a walk to extend the inning but Cameron flied deep to right.
Celebrity sightings at Fenway: Bret Michaels is here, as is Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen. Herald Patriots reporter Ian R. Rapoport tweeted the Mullen news. Ian is a good dude who used to work at my former paper in New York before he embarked on a career as a football scribe.
Gov. Patrick was in the clubhouse before the game chatting up David Ortiz according to Amalie Benjamin. No word on whether the singer, football coach and state executive are headed out for dinner together.
Middle of the 7th: Rays 3, Red Sox 1
Atchison retired the Rays in order. Beltre, Hall and Varitek up now against Garza. They’ve each hit the ball hard tonight. Maybe the Sox can get to him here. Garza has tossed only 81 pitches through six and should be strong, however.
Top of the 7th: Rays 3, Red Sox 1
Life for the Red Sox. Patterson was hit by a pitch with two outs. David Ortiz then hit one high off the wall in left center. I need to look it up, but it seems like Papi is going the other way more this season.
Youkilis had a chance to make it closer but popped up with Papi on second. Scott Atchison replaced Dice-K on the mound.
Middle of the 6th: Rays 3, Red Sox 0
Dice-K retired the side in order. If the Quality Start stat floats your boat, he has one of those. He has thrown 111 pitches, so that is probably it for him.
More bad news: Yankees are down 5-0 to King Felix. Sox missing a shot to tie for first.
Top of the 6th: Rays 3, Red Sox 0
Bill Hall croaked one to center that was tracked down in the triangle, about 415 feet away. That’s a home everywhere else outside of maybe Houston. Varitek singled sharply to center with two outs. But McDonald flied to right.
Middle of the 5th: Rays 3, Red Sox 0
Matt Joyce, who is so dangerous that he can’t be pitched to, was hit by a pitch with two outs. He tried to steal and Varitek gunned him down. The Rays had stolen 19 straight bases against the Sox going back to last year.
We’re checking to see if Joyce has a wooden leg.
Top of the 5th: Rays 3, Red Sox 0
Garza down down 10 Sox in order before Ortiz walked with two outs. Youkilis then struck out on three pitches. Garza threw eight shutout innings against the Sox on April 18 at Fenway. He looks better tonight.
Middle of the 4th: Rays 3, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox better hope Josh Beckett comes back strong at the end of July as Matsuzaka is back to being just brutal to watch.
He started the inning by walking Matt Joyce. This would be the same Matt Joyce who is 7 of 34 (.206) in the big leagues the last two seasons. Here’s an idea: Throw him strikes.
Jaso followed with a single to center. With one out, Shoppach crushed a high fastball to center, Mike Cameron tried to leap at the wall to catch it but it was over his head. Two runs scored. Zobrist then singled to center with two outs to make it 3-0.
The good news is that Matsuzaka has thrown 85 pitches and won’t be around much longer. Or is that the bad news? Meanwhile, can this lineup catch up?
Top of the 4th: Rays 0, Red Sox 0
Garza has faced nine hitters in three innings. Varitek flied to left, McDonald popped to short and Cameron fanned looking. Garza has thrown 34 pitches.
Middle of the 3rd: Rays 0, Red Sox 0
Dice-K had a 1-2-3 inning. Celebratory crowds are gathering in Kenmore Square. Crawford (4-3), Longoria (1-3) and Pena (6-2) all grounded out.
Top of the 3rd: Rays 0, Red Sox 0
The Good Matt Garza is here tonight. He struck out Youkilis before Adrian Beltre crushed a pitch to right that was tracked down. Then Hall struck out looking.
Middle of the 2nd: Rays 0, Red Sox 0
Dice-K allowed a single by Rodriguez to start the inning then retired the side in order, fanning Shoppach and then Zobrist to end the inning. Matsuzaka has thrown 51 pitches, a pace that would put him at roughly 229 for nine innings. I’m betting he can do it.
Top of the 2nd: Rays 0, Red Sox 0
Eric Patterson must not have got the memo. When you’re an unknown player in your first game for the Red Sox ar Fenway Park this season, you’re supposed to do something dramatic in your first at-bat. He grounded into a double play.
“Dude, c’mon,” Daniel Nava said.
“Seriously,” replied Darnell McDonald.
Middle of the 1st: Rays 0, Red Sox 0
Matsuzaka walked the bases loaded with two outs before Jaso hit a liner to center that Mike Cameron snagged. Just your average 29-pitch Dice-K inning.
Top of the 1st: Rays 0, Red Sox 0
We’re about to get underway here at Fenway as Dice-K warms up. Another great night for baseball. The Red Sox are running out a lineup with Eric Patterson, Bill Hall, Darnell McDonald and Jason Varitek. Not how they drew it up back in Fort Myers but we’ll see what happens.
Enjoy the game and, please, drop some knowledge in the comments section.