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.

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.