By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Through his first four starts since being added to the Red Sox rotation, Andrew Miller had occasional bouts of wildness, but managed to limit the damage done by walks.
Not Friday night.
Miller walked five in just 2 23 innings and was tagged for a grand slam by Ben Zobrist as the Red Sox came out of the second half chute in inglorious fashion, beaten soundly by the Tampa Bay Rays, 9-6.
The setback snapped the Red Sox' six-game winning streak and represented just their second loss in the last dozen games.
Miller issued two walks in the first, helping the Rays take an early lead. In the second, he walked another, helping to set the stage for Zobrist's bases-loaded blast.
After his second walk in the third, Miller was removed as the Red Sox were forced to piece the remainder of the game together with their bullpen.
The first three Red Sox runs came on solo homers: Darnell McDonald in the second inning; Jacoby Ellsbury in the third; and Dustin Pedroia in the sixth.
Eventually, Marco Scutaro hit one out with a runner on base (Yamaico Navarro), but it was far too little, too late.
A run-scoring single by Kevin Youkilis closed out the scoring.