Rays rout Red Sox, 13-3

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Rays rout Red Sox, 13-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox late-season temporary detour away from embarrassment is apparently over.
After winning four of their first five games of their next-to-last road trip, the Sox promptly did a face plant Wednesday night at Tropicana field, drubbed by the Tampa Bay Rays, 13-3.
The same basic Tampa Bay lineup -- give or take a couple of players -- that was limited to just three hits Tuesday, banged out 15 hits, including six extra base hits.
Of course, the Rays had some help from a laundry list of Red Sox pitchers, who allowed nine walks, including six in the Rays' seven run-sixth. The six walks in an inning were the most by Red Sox pitchers since at least 1984.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has won one of his 10 starts this season, was shelled for five runs on nine hits in just three innings plus of work. His ERA for the season jumped to 7.68.
Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and knocked in two of the three Red Sox runs.
When catcher Guillermo Quiroz entered the game in the seventh, it set a franchise record for the most players used in a season: 56.
The loss, the 82nd of the season, also guaranteed that the Red Sox will finish under .500 for the first time since 1997.

Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello goes for win No. 23

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Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello goes for win No. 23

The A.L. East-champion Red Sox, still fighting for playoff position, field their usual lineup as they open David Ortiz's final regular-season series tonight (7:10) against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox (92-67) are two games behind the Texas Rangers (94-65) in the race for the best record in the A.L., with the Cleveland Indians (91-67) a half-game behind Boston.

Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.11 ERA), the likely Game 1 starter in the ALDS, will try to add to his Cy Young Award resume tonight. He’ll be opposed by right-hander Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.53).

The Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles (both 87-72) are tied for the A.L. wild-card lead with the Detroit Tigers (85-73) 1 1/2 games back.

It’s the final regular season series for Oritz, with ceremonies planned to honor the retiring Red Sox DH prior to each of the final three game this weekend. 

The lineups:

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Brock Holt 3B

Mookie Betts RF

David Ortiz DH

Hanely Ramirez 1B

Xander Bogaerts SS

Jackie Bradley CF

Sandy Leon C

Andrew Benintendi LF

Rick Porcello P

 

BLUE JAYS

Eziquiel Carrera LF

Josh Donaldson 3B

Edwin Encarnacion DH

Jose Bautista RF

Russell Martin C

Troy Tulowitzki SS

Justin Smoak 1B

Kevin Pillar CF

Devon Travis 2B

Marco Estrada RHP