BOSTON -- For much of the season, it felt like one of the worst seasons in Fenway Park history. Turns out it was. The Red Sox dropped their home finale Wednesday night, 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays and finished the home half of the season with a 34-47 record, a .420 winning percentage, tying them with the 1965 club which finished with the same mark. Jon Lester held the Rays hitless through 4 13 innings, but then lost not only the no-hit bid, but his shutout, too, in the span of a few hitters. After Jeff Keppinger singled, Carlos Pena, who homered Tuesday night, belted a two-run shot. Ben Francisco then followed with a solo shot. The Sox had taken a 1-0 lead in the second on a run-scoring single by Daniel Nava. They closed the gap to 3-2 in the sixth when Dustin Pedroia walked, stole second, took third on a single by Cody Ross and scored on a sacrifice fly by James Loney. But just as quickly, the Rays restored their two-run lead off the Red Sox bullpen with Jose Lobaton delivering a run on a ground-rule double. The loss was Lester's 14th of the season. He's winless over his last four outings. Meanwhile, the Sox mustered just four hits off Tampa pitching.
Red Sox drop home finale to Rays, 4-2
September 27, 2012, 3:01 am