Red Sox Blown Out By Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)
Despite the win, Tampa Bay fell 6 1/2 games behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees, who swept a day-night doubleheader against Toronto. The Rays started play six games back in the AL wild-card race.
Keppinger hit a solo homer, and Pena added a two-shot off Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-6) as Tampa Bay went ahead 5-3 in the fourth.
Chris Archer (1-3) allowed three runs and five hits over five innings for the Rays, who won for the second time in nine games. It was the rookie’s first major league win.
The Red Sox (68-82), assured of their first losing season since 1997, got two RBIs from Jacoby Ellsbury.
Boston took a 3-1 lead in the third on Ellsbury’s run-scoring single and an RBI grounder by Dustin Pedroia. Ellsbury has 10 RBIs in his last 11 games.
Ben Zobrist, who drove in four runs in the Rays’ 7-5 loss to Boston on Tuesday, cut the deficit to 3-2 with an RBI single later in the third.
Tampa Bay loaded the bases with no outs during the second on singles by Evan Longoria, Scott and Keppinger, but scored just once to tie it at 1 when Matt Joyce followed with a walk. Matsuzaka avoided further damage by striking out Pena and getting a double-play grounder from Molina.
Joyce also had an eighth-inning RBI single.
Matsuzaka gave up five runs and nine hits in three-plus innings. The right-hander is 2-8 in 14 starts against Tampa Bay.
Ciriaco had a leadoff single in the first, stole second and scored to make it 1-0 on Ellsbury’s single. Ciriaco is 15-for-15 in stolen-base attempts this season.
Notes: Tampa Bay LHP David Price (18-5) will go for his 19th win this season against Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (11-6) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday night. … Red Sox RHP Daniel Bard faced five batters. He walked three and gave up one hit. … Aceves allowed four runs in two-plus innings. … Justin Gatlin, the 100-meter bronze medalist at the London Olympics, threw the ceremonial first pitch.