The Sox have had the Rays number in their matchups so far this series. The Sox already took the series by winning both games of the doubleheader, but were hoping for a series sweep to keep the Rays winless at Fenway this season. The Sox were sending Ryan Dempster to the mound while the Rays had Hellickson.
Dempster had another quality start, but that once again would not translate into a win. Dempster gave up a solo HR to Jennings and then a sac fly to Loney in the first to have the Sox down 0-2. In the 2nd the Sox got one of those runs back when Gomes hit an infield single to score Papi. Sox 1-2. In the 4th Gomes would hit another infield single to Longoria to score Salty and tie the game 2-2. Unfortunately the game did not remain tied for long. Dempster gave up the go ahead run with a 2 out RBI single to Zobrist. Sox 2-3. Dempster pitched 6 strong innings throwing 108 pitches. He hasn't gotten much run support this season, but he's continued to pitch well and give his team a chance to win.
Breslow took over in the 7th inning and that is when the rails fell off for the Sox in this game. Breslow has pitched well this season, but today would just not be his day. Breslow gave up an RBI single to Longoria to have the Sox behind 2-4. Breslow gave up a double to Loney and he would be out of the game and rookie Alex Wilson would be in. Wilson had runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. Wilson wouldn't be able to strand them and gave up a 2 run RBI to Rays rookie Wil Myers. Sox 2-6. The Sox bats weren't able to rally against either Hellickson or the Rays bullpen in the late innings. Morales pitched a scoreless 8th and then Beato pitched a scoreless 9th, but the Sox fell to the Rays for the first time at Fenway.
Red Sox 2 Rays 6 BOXSCORE
WP: Hellickson (5-3) LP: Dempster (4-8)no comments