BOSTON -- Alfredo Aceves entered the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead on Sunday at Fenway Park. He also entered with 11 saves on the season.
Sean Rodriguez prevented him from picking up his 12th, thanks to a two-run home run in the top of the ninth that prevented the Red Sox from climbing above .500 for the first time this season, and spoiled a solid seven-inning outing from Clay Buchholz and a heroic three-run home run from Adrian Gonzalez.
After Aceves walked the leadoff batter in Ben Zobrist, he got Luke Scott to pop out. But then Rodriguez ripped a 3-1 fastball over the monster seats that put Tampa Bay up 4-3.
Aceves refused to talk to the media afterwards.
"He just got behind on Zobrist and walked him, a pretty close pitch," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine after the loss. "And obviously he got behind on Rodriguez and threw him a fastball, and he hit it over the fence.
"His control's been pinpoint. Some pitches were just a little off, I guess."
Aceves picked up his second loss of the season, and snapped a streak of nine straight successful conversions. it marked his third blown save in 15 chances this season.
"The guys been automatic for us," said Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia after the loss. "So I definitely didnt expect it, but I dont expect it to linger on anything else other than they just hit a good pitch out, just like we did the night before."
Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.
The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.
Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.
The full list of finalists is here. The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN
The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.
Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.
CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.
The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.
The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.
The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.
The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.