Rays rally past Sox, 5-3

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Rays rally past Sox, 5-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- On Friday night, the bullpen saved the Red Sox. On Saturday night, it did them in.

Matt Albers walked in the tying run and allowed the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly and Andrew Miller allowed a solo homer an inning later as the Red Sox fell to the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-3.

The Rays managed just five hits, but some walks, a Red Sox error and two sacrifice flies resulted in their five runs.

The Sox led 3-2 in the seventh when starter Clay Buchholz put the first two Rays on base, followed by a sacrifice bunt which moved both baserunners over. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Albers walked light-hitting Jose Lobaton (.222), forcing in one run. A sacrifice fly to deep center from Elliot Johnson gave the Rays the lead for good.

B.J. Upton then added an insurance run with a solo homer in the eighth off Andrew Miller.

Buchholz pitched well in his first start in nearly a month, racking up eight strikeouts with just one walk in 6 13 innings.

Will Middlebrooks smoked his 11th homer of the year off David Price in the fourth to give the Sox a 2-1 lead.

The other Red Sox run came in the sixth when Cody Ross bluffed a steal of home, drawing an errant throw from Price and enabling him to score.

A costly error by Mike Aviles -- his second in as many nights - gave the Rays a run in the fifth.

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

The dearth of homegrown starting pitching for the Red Sox is talked about almost as much as every Tom Brady post on Instagram.

Red Sox fans may take some solace in knowing their team isn’t the only one dealing with this problem.

In an interview with MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t talk about his team’s pitching problems in context of the Red Sox. But the explanation the longtime Yanks boss offered should sound familiar. 

In the biggest of markets, time to develop properly is scarce.

“Yeah. It's a fact,” Cashman said when asked if criticism of their pitching development was fair. “I think part of the process has been certainly where we draft. Because we've had a lot of success, we've not been allowed to tank and go off the board and therefore get access to some of the high-end stuff that plays out to be impactful. Part of it is we can't get out of our own way because we don't have the patience to let guys finish off their development, because if you possess some unique ability that stands out above everybody else -- whether it was Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, now [Luis] Severino and before that [Bryan] Mitchell and Shane Greene -- we're pulling them up before their development is finished.

“Teams like Tampa Bay, for instance, they're going to wait until they have their four pitches down and their innings limits are all exceeded at the minor-league level; they're very disciplined in that approach as they finish off their starters. For us, if I'm looking at my owner and he says, ‘What's our best team we can take north?’ 

“Well, ‘We could take this guy; he's not necessarily 100 percent finished off, but we can stick him in our 'pen. He can be in the back end of our rotation, because he's better than some of the guys we already have,’ and then you cut corners, so I think that probably plays a role in it.”

Not everything is circumstantial, though -- or a deflection. 

“And sometimes we don't make the right decisions, either, when we're making draft selections and signings and stuff like that,” Cashman continued. “On top of it all, playing in New York is a lot different than playing anywhere else.”

We’ve heard that last part about Boston too, here and there.

Cashman was complimentary of his current Sox counterpart, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose team Cashman has compared to the Golden State Warriors.

On his feelings when he first heard the Sox were getting Chris Sale:

“When that trade was consummated, that was the first thing I thought about, which was, 'Wow, look at what they've done,' ” Cashman said. “I know how it's going to play out for them. Listen, Steve Kerr does a great job managing that team -- oh, I mean John Farrell. It's a lot of talent and with talent comes pressure to perform. I think Dave Dombrowski has done everything he possibly can to provide that city with a world championship team. They've got 162 games to show it.”