ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- On Friday night, the bullpen saved the Red Sox. On Saturday night, it did them in.
Matt Albers walked in the tying run and allowed the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly and Andrew Miller allowed a solo homer an inning later as the Red Sox fell to the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-3.
The Rays managed just five hits, but some walks, a Red Sox error and two sacrifice flies resulted in their five runs.
The Sox led 3-2 in the seventh when starter Clay Buchholz put the first two Rays on base, followed by a sacrifice bunt which moved both baserunners over. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Albers walked light-hitting Jose Lobaton (.222), forcing in one run. A sacrifice fly to deep center from Elliot Johnson gave the Rays the lead for good.
B.J. Upton then added an insurance run with a solo homer in the eighth off Andrew Miller.
Buchholz pitched well in his first start in nearly a month, racking up eight strikeouts with just one walk in 6 13 innings.
Will Middlebrooks smoked his 11th homer of the year off David Price in the fourth to give the Sox a 2-1 lead.
The other Red Sox run came in the sixth when Cody Ross bluffed a steal of home, drawing an errant throw from Price and enabling him to score.
A costly error by Mike Aviles -- his second in as many nights - gave the Rays a run in the fifth.
Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.
Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.
Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.
Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.
Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners.
Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014.
Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.