Rays fall short in Beantown, lose 8-5 to Red Sox

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This type of offensive production is tailor-made for stranded base runners. Had the Rays gotten the lead-off man aboard, the running game would have opened up and sacrifice flies become a viable option. When your men reach with two outs already, only clutch hits like Evan Longoria’s single in the seventh inning – which scored John Jaso, who’d singled with two outs – can keep your team going in an inning. Unfortunately, an uncharacteristic base-running mistake by Crawford ended the seventh inning. Ben Zobrist walked in the eighth before a pinch-hitting Willy Aybar went long to make the game more interesting. The Rays made a comeback bid in the ninth, with John Jaso walking and advancing to third on Crawford’s single; it became an immediate threat when Crawford stole second base, but Longoria’s pop to short and Carlos Pena’s strike out cut that short. Zobrist singled to score Jaso and Crawford but Willy Aybar struck out to end the game.


Fastballs


[image-1]B.J. Upton looked to silence the haters with his pinch-hit triple in the eighth inning. No one can accuse him of not hustling on that hit. It’s good to see him putting forth the effort we need from him every night. Upton sat most of the game, but allegedly not for disciplinary reasons… it seems awfully nice of manager Joe Maddon to downplay this, but I wonder how many fans actually bought that?[image-2]


Gabe Kapler will return from the disabled list. The Rays designated Hank Blalock for assignment to make room for Kap on the roster. Hopefully Blalock can find a place to keep his career going. The former Texas Rangers all-star hit .254 in 26 games for the Rays.


A look to Wednesday


Matt Garza is expected to start on the mound against Boston’s Dice-K Matsuzaka. Garza and the Rays should have some momentum going, with the pitcher coming off a win against San Diego and Tampa Bay’s bats getting going late in Tuesday’s game. It’s a 7:10 p.m. start in Boston; as always, check back here for your Rays Recap on CL Sports.

Well the Tampa Bay Rays showed they could lose just as well without B.J. Upton in the lineup Tuesday night. He sat for most of the night and the Rays scored five runs on 12 hits, but it wasn’t enough to get it done as the Boston Red Sox got the better of them 8-5 at Fenway Park. James Shields started strong but yielded five runs on seven hits; he struck out six batters while pitching through five innings. The major blemish on his evening was the cookie he fed David Ortiz, who went yard for a three-run homer in the fifth inning. Shields started the sixth inning but failed to record an out before being relieved by Dan Wheeler. Lance Cormier was charged with two runs and Andy Sonnanstine with one on Bill Hall’s home run in the seventh.

The Rays’ bats came to life toward the end after a lukewarm start. Carl Crawford went 4 for 5 and scored a run in his return to the lineup after missing a few games with a sore shoulder. Sean Rodriguez singled twice in a low offensive ofering that was not defined by the number of hits but rather the timing of them; in all of the Rays’ multi-hit innings, the second hit came after the Red Sox had already recorded two outs.

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