Rays stun Red Sox with ninth inning rally, win 7-4

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Rays stun Red Sox with ninth inning rally, win 7-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For one night, the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays turned back the clocks a year and pretended it was September 2011.
You can probably figure how that turned out.
The Red Sox, bolstered by seven shutout innings from Clay Buchholz and backed by a three-hit night from Jose Iglesias, took a 4-1 lead into the ninth inning and seemed on the verge of winning their fifth game in seven tries on this road trip.
But Andrew Bailey, who had been 5-of-6 in save chances since returning to the mound in August, couldn't protect the lead and after he was lifted, Vicente Padilla yielded a three-run walkoff homer to B.J. Upton, resulting in a 7-4 loss.
Bailey faced six hitters and allowed five (four hits and a walk) to reach, leaving runners at second and third with out out for Padilla.
Buchholz turned in one of his best starts of the season, tossing seven innings of shutout ball while allowing just four hits.
Iglesias, who came into the game with an 0-for-13 skid at the plate, banged out three hits including his first major league homer, a solo shot he drove out to left-center to lead off the top of the ninth. Earlier, Iglesias had singled to center in the third and reached on an infield single to start the sixth.
Cody Ross (double), Mauro Gomez (triple) and Ryan Lavarnway (single) also drove in runs for the Sox.

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning?  Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.