Game over: Rays 4, Red Sox 3: No ninth inning comeback this time as the Red Sox again fail to get over .500.
Jake McGee (2-1) gets the win, getting one out. Fernando Rodney picks up the save. Aceves (0-2) takes the loss. Rays had nine hits and the Sox seven.
The Sox fell to 10-13 at home this season.
Rays have to be thrilled to take 2 of 3 in an emotional series.
Middle of the 9th: Rays 4, Red Sox 3: Aceves blew the save. Zobrist walked to lead off the inning then Rodriguez belted a 3-and-1 pitch over everything in left. It was a fastball right over the plate.
Fernando Rodney in to try to close it out for the Rays. Can the Sox get him again?
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 3, Rays 2: The Sox loaded the bases as Podsednik singled ahead of Ortiz and Youklis walking. But Gonzalez grounded to short.
Aceves in to try to close it out. Byrd in center. That Valentine considers Byrd a better center fielder than Podsednik could be telling once roster decisions have to be made.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Rays 2: Perfect inning for Morales (struck out Pena) and Pena (struck out Upton, got Joyce to ground to first). Aceves warming up.
Sellout crowd of 37,844 today.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Rays 2: Ortiz walked, Youkilis singled and Gonzalez homered down the line in left. Big hit for Gonzo, who really enjoyed celebrating that one.
His second homer at Fenway this season.
Morales has replaced Buchholz. Gonzo to first, Youk to third and Lin to right.
The line for Buchholz: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BBm 6 K. His best start of the season by a bunch.
Middle of the 7th: Rays 2, Red Sox 0: Rodriguez doubled off the wall with one out. It was a close play at second but Rodriguez was called safe enraging Pedroia, who was called out on a similar play in the first inning.
Sutton lined to third as Middlebrooks made a terrific diving play. Rhymes (3 for 3) then dumped a single into left to score Rodriguez.
Top of the 7th: Rays 1 Red Sox 0: 1-2-3 inning for Hellickson, who has retired 10 of the last 11 batters he has faced.
Hellickson has thrown 28 pitches in the last three innings, 68 through six.
Middle of the 6th: Rays 1, Red Sox 0: Upton singled with one out, extending his hit streak to 10 games, a career best. Buchholz was ahead of Joyce 1-and-2 then walked, such was his preoccupation with Upton. Zobrist then bounced into a 4-6-3 double play.
Joyce wiped out Aviles, who then patted him on the back. Good clean play.
Sox need to get something going to with the sticks.
Top of the 6th: Rays 1, Red Sox 0: Middlebrooks singled with one out before Nava grounded into a double play.
Nava is 0 for his last 8, which given what he has been doing this season is a slump.
Middle of the 5th: Rays 1, Red Sox 0: Buchholz allowed a one-out single by Rhymes (who is 2 for 2) and then got Gimenez to bounce into a double play.
Top of the 5th: Rays 1, Red Sox 0: 1-2-3 inning for Hellickson on nine pitches. He has allowed one run in his last nine innings against the Sox.
Middle of the 4th: Rays 1, Red Sox 0: Joyce doubled down the line in right field and Gonzalez played the carom well. But his throw back to the infield was wide and deflected off the glove of Pedroia. That allowed Joyce to take third and he scored on a grounder to first base by Zobrist. Buchholz has Zobrist 1-and-2 and couldn’t strike him out. Scott singled and stole second before Rodriguez grounded to shortstop to end the inning.
Top of the 4th: Rays 0, Red Sox 0: Podesdnik singled with one out and took second when Aviles grounded out. Pedroia then flied to right.
Hellickson so far: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. 40 pitches, 28 strikes.
Middle of the 3rd: Rays 0, Red Sox 0: Rhymes singled and was thrown out stealing. Gimenez fanned swinging at a heater. Pena then grounded to first.
Buchholz so far: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. 40 pitches, 24 strikes.
Pudge Fisk is here for New Hampshire Day.
Top of the 3rd: Rays 0, Red Sox 0: Youkilis singled to left, the ball getting past Sutton at third. Gonzalez popped to third. Salty then reached on a fielder’s choice that should have been a double play but Hellickson missed the bag on the back end of the 3-6-1. Middlebrooks then K’d on a changeup, Hellickson’s best pitch.
Middle of the 2nd: Rays 0, Red Sox 0: Buchholz set down the side in order. He fanned lunkhead Luke Scott and Drew Sutton along the way.
Top of the 2nd: Rays 0, Red Sox 0: Aviles flied to deep left. The always smooth Upton put it away. Pedroia then drove a ball into the corner and left and was thrown out going to second by Joyce. He protested but the throw beat him. You’re always out when the throw beats you, whether you actually are or not. Ortiz then popped to short.
Middle of the 1st: Rays 0, Red Sox 0: It’s New Hampshire Day at Fenway. Which means one of the bears from Clark’s Trading Post will roam the stands and everybody will get discount liquor.
OK, that’s not true.
Anyway, Buchholz’s first pitch produced a fly ball to left by Pena. Then Upton grounded to second. Joyce dumped a single to center before Zobrist flied to right. Gonzo looked like Dewey Evans handling it.
Buchholz warmed up to “Lunatic Fringe” by Red Rider. No idea what that means.
Pre-game: Good afternoon from Fenway Park. Talk about a perfect day for baseball on a holiday weekend.
It will be Clay Buchholz against Jeremy Hellickson, chapter three, as the Red Sox try to win the series against the Rays. Hang out here for updates and feel free to leave your comments.
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