Doubront pitches 'excellent' but can't break winless skid

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Doubront pitches 'excellent' but can't break winless skid

BOSTON -- In your classic case of win-loss records being deceiving for starting pitchers, Felix Doubront allowed only two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out five in 6 13 innings on Thursday night against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.
In the process, he picked up his ninth loss of the season.
Doubront is now winless in his last eight starts, and Thursday night marked his first quality start since July 29. That was a no-decision against New York at Yankee Stadium.
In those last eight starts, Doubront is 0-5. He pitched well enough of Thursday night to get his 11th win of the season. Had only his offense not been shut out.
"I thought Felix was excellent tonight," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "The last few starts, he couldn't quite break through that challenging inning in the middle of the game. Today, in the fourth inning, he gave up a run but he broke through it. I thought he was excellent."
Seeing that Doubront had never pitched more than 25 innings in a season entering this year, there had been previous discussion about the possibility of shutting him down. He's now pitched 141 innings in 26 starts. And Valentine said Doubront was determined to continue to pitch the rest of the season that's seemingly lost.
"It's important for him," said Valentine. "He wants to do it. Talking to him in between starts, he was determined. He understood some of his situations that he didn't overcome in his previous games. This was a good game for him, that be broke through.
"You deal with the player, and I talked with him. He was very determined to right his ways. And I think today was a good step in that direction. If we cored some runs, we would've gotten a win."

Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

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Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.

Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the inning. The relay throw on Ortiz's hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate but he avoided Luke Maile's first tag. Pedroia's momentum carried him past the plate and when he went back to touch it, Maile was charged with an error when the ball dropped out his glove on another tag try.

Pedroia hit a solo homer and Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single for the Red Sox, who secured at least an AL wild-card spot Saturday night. Boston's magic number to clinch the division title dropped to two.

Joe Kelly (4-0) went 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander and Heath Hembree combined to strikeout 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record. The New York Mets held the previous mark when Tom Seaver struck out 10 in a row against San Diego on Apr. 22, 1970.

Boston also set a club record by striking out 21 through nine. Kelly added two more in the 10th.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. Fernandez played high school baseball in nearby Tampa, Florida after defecting from Cuba.

The Rays planned to honor Ortiz before his final game at Tropicana Field but canceled the ceremony at Ortiz's request after Fernandez's death. He had three hits in five at-bats and moved past Frank Thomas for 107th place on the career list with 2,469 hits.

Ortiz has 35 homers and 90 RBIs at Tropicana Field, which is the most of any visiting player. Alex Rodriguez is next with 30 homers and 73 RBIs.

HONORING BIG PAPI

Rays 3B Evan Longoria and RHP Chris Archer informally presented Ortiz with an oil painting of his 500th home run, which he hit at Tropicana Field last season. Ortiz was also given 34 special handmade Diamond Crown Maximus cigars and $5,000 donations in his name to the Miracle League of St. Petersburg, Florida and the University of South Florida Latino scholarship program.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Ortiz will play at Yankee Stadium for the final time during a three-game series against New York that starts Tuesday night. "Playing baseball in New York is something that is very special," Ortiz said. LHP David Price (17-8) will start for the Red Sox Tuesday night.

Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (7-11) will face White Sox RHP James Shields (3-11) Monday night in the first of four games in Chicago.

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