Sox force extras but fall short, 6-5


Sox force extras but fall short, 6-5

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Just when it seemed like the Red Sox were about to snap out of their September funk, they were dealt another loss. The hard way.

With one out, Evan Longoria singled home Desmond Jennings, who led off the bottom of the 11th with a triple, handing the Tampa Bay Rays a 6-5 victory, the fourth loss in a row for the Sox.

Daniel Bard, who this time followed closer Jonathan Papelbon (two scoreless innings) to the mound, was greeted by Jennings's triple and lost for the second time on this trip.

The loss by the Sox brings the Rays to within four in the loss column in the chase for the A.L. wild card.

Down to their last two outs, the Red Sox had tied the game in the top of the ninth on consecutive solo homers by Jarrod Saltalamacchia (No. 16) and Jacoby Ellsbury (No. 26) to tie the game off Tampa Bay closer Kyle Farnworth.

Rookie Kyle Weiland limited some damage, stranding seven Rays over the first four innings, but still allowed three runs. Reliever Alfredo Aceves entered a tie game after Adrian Gonzalez's two-run homer in the top of the fifth, but quickly gave the lead back when he alllowed a solo homer to Casey Kotchman.

The Rays padded their lead in the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Evan Longoria.

The only other run for the Sox came in the second when David Ortiz walked, took second on a single from Josh Reddick, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Jed Lowrie's groundout to short.

The Red Sox have lost four in a row on the road for the first time since starting the season 0-7 away from home. The four-game losing srreak is the longest of any kind since the Sox lost four straight from June 21-25.

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Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park. 

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched


Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.