Miller error in 15th hands Rays 6-5, walk-off win

Miller error in 15th hands Rays 6-5, walk-off win
May 24, 2014, 9:30 pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- This one took longer, but ended with a familiar result.

The Red Sox losing. The Red Sox losing on the road, in a walk-off defeat. The Red Sox losing with Andrew Miller charged with the loss.

The Sox scored the first five runs of the game, but never again, and Tampa Bay scored six unanswered runs, the final one in the 15th, to hand the Red Sox their ninth straight loss, 6-5.

Miller's throw to second on a bunt attempt by Desmond Jennings sailed into center field, allowing pinch-runner Cole Figueroa to score from second base. One hitter earlier, Miller and third baseman Brock Holt had miscommunicated on a bunt try and neither fielded it.

The Sox could generate almost no offense after the first inning, with just two baserunners reaching safely from the second through the 11th - Jonny Gomes (walk in the third) and Xander Bogaerts (single in the eighth).

Overall, the Sox had just two hits after the first.

Boston's bullpen contributed eight scoreless innings in relief of starter Jake Peavy until the 15th.

Peavy was given a 5-0 lead before he took the mound in the bottom of the first, but the Rays began chipping away at their deficit and by the fifth, had pulled even.

Three straight hits to start the fifth -- singles by David DeJesus, Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce made it 5-3 and Brandon Guyer's two-run double to left tied the score.

A nice relay from shortstop Xander Bogaerts seemed to have a shot  at nailing Joyce at the plate, but the throw struck the baserunner in the back before catcher David Ross could attempt to apply the tag.

In the first inning, the Red Sox looked to be headed for a romp as they sent nine hitters to the place against Price, who was not sharp.

The lefty hit Mike Carp with the bases loaded, forcing in the first run, then allowed a sacrifice fly to Jonny Gomes, whose flyout to left delivered Xander Bogaerts with the second run.

The big blow came off the bat of A.J. Pierzynski, who hammered a pitch to right with Dustin Pedroia and Carp on base, stretching the lead to 5-0.

 

STAR OF THE GAME: Brandon Guyer

Guyer had four hits in seven at-bats, knocking in two runs and scoring two more. His two-run double in the fifth off Jake Peavy finished off the Rays' comeback from a 5-0 first-inning deficit.

HONORABLE MENTION: David Price

Price couldn't do a thing right in the first as the Red Sox batted around and scored five times. Then, over the next seven innings, he straightened out in a big way and allowed just two more baserunners and only one more hit, buying his team time to eat away at the Red Sox' lead.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Andrew Miller

For the fourth time in the last four Red Sox road losses, Andrew Miller was the losing pitcher of record. His errant throw to second skipped into center field, allowing the winning run to score.

TURNING POINT: In the top of the 13th, Brock Holt singled and took second on a throwing error, giving the Red Sox a runner in scoring position with one out. But the Red Sox wasted the chance and two innings later, lost the game.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox have scored in just one of their last 30 innings.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "These kind of games are tough to take...It's kind of the way things are going right now -- every mistake comes back to haunt us.'' - John Farrell