Game Over: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
The Sox got a one-out walk by Dustin Pedroia, who was James Shields’ last batter before Fernando Rodney came into the game. Rodney got Adrian Gonzalez to ground out on a 3-2 pitch. The Sox sent the runner, Pedroia, who made it to second base. David Ortiz was walked intentionally. Cody Ross, with four career walkoff hits, came up with two on and two out. He saw five straight fastballs (all out of the strikezone) and took one for a called third strike to end the game.
Top 9th: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
Bobby Valentine was asked about where’s Matt Albers? Well, here he is in the ninth. Alberrs allowed a single to No. 9 hitter Sean Rodriguez but got out of the inning and a two-out single to Carlos Pena. We have a 1-0 game heading into the bottom of the ninth..
Bottom 8th: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
The bottom of the Sox order went down again against Shields, who has been stellar.
Top 8th: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
Second base umpire Todd Tichenor made an interesting call. when Matt Joyce’s soft liner to shortstop was purposely dropped by Mike Aviles so he could attempt to turn the double-play with Ben Zobrist on first base. The umpire ruled an out, but Aviles never caught the ball. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw Zobrist out trying to steal. Jeff Keppinger struck out and was out 2-3 on the putout.
Bottom 7th: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
A one-out single by Cody Ross was erased by a strikeout/caught stealing with Ryan Sweeney up.
Top 7th: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
Bard has eclipsed the 100-pitch mark on a warm day. The Red Sox have double-barrel action in the bullpen. With two outs, Bard walked No. 9 hitter Sean Rodriguez and allowed a single to leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings. He then walked Carlos Pena to laod the bases. This prompted pitching coach Bob McClure out of the dugout. Bard was up to 107 pitches with Longoria due up. Bard quickly fell behind 2-0. he walked Longoria on four pitches which signaled the end for Bard, who had been upset that Valentine took him out too soon in Toronto. Valentine may have waited too long today. Lefty Justin Thomas came on to pitch to Luke Scott. Thomas went 3-2 to Scott, who lined to right to leave the bases loaded.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
A Dustin Pedroia two-out single was about it for Sox. Both teams have only three hits in what has turned into a wonderful pitchers duel..
Top 6th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Luke Scott, the player Red Sox fans love to hate, singled to center, but he was eventually doubled up on Matt Joyce’s 4-6-3 double-play grounder to end the inning.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
The Sox managed a walk vs. Shields, but nothing else.
Top 5th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Bard continues to pitch well in jams. After securing the first two outs, Desmond Jennings doubled and he walked Carlos Pena. the reliever in him, wiggled out when he struck out Evan Longoria.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
An Adrian Gonzalez single off the wall was waisted as Oriz hit into a 4-6-3 double-play.
Bard walked Ben Zobrist with one out and Matt Joyce reached on an infield single on a great diving stop, but his toss to second was too late. Jeff Keppinger then grounded into a 1-6-3 DP on which Mike Aviles made a nice turn.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Red Sox down 1-2-3.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Desmond Jennings drew a walk and stole second base, but Bard struck out Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
The Red Sox got a runner to third base when Cody Ross reached on an infield hit, advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a ground out. But the Sox couldn’t get him in.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Bard put two on when hit Ben Zobrist with a pitch with one out and walked Jeff Keppinger with two outs, but he retired Jose Molina on a flyball out to wiggle out of the jam.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
They should start all games at 11 a.m. Nice feel here today. James Shields certainly has a nice feel for his pitches as the Sox go down 1-2-3. Adrian Gonzalez struck out to end the inning.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Daniel Bard breezes through the first, 1-2-3. Speaking of breeze, winds are calm at 6 mph. It’s 79 degrees.