Red Sox fall to Rays in series finale, 4-0

Red Sox fall to Rays in series finale, 4-0
August 17, 2011, 8:50 pm
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By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen
BOSTON The Red Sox offense continued to sputter Wednesday afternoon, as the Sox fell to the Rays, 4-0, in the series finale at Fenway Park.

The Sox could muster just three hits in the game a first-inning single by Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis fourth-inning single, and Jacoby Ellsburys triple leading off the sixth. The Sox had just three hits in each of the three games against the Rays, and just 15 hits over their last four games.

Despite throwing his eighth quality start in his 21st outing this season, John Lackey took the loss, falling to 11-9, while lowering his ERA from 6.13 to 6.02. He went 6 23 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits and three walks. He also hit two batters and threw a wild pitch.

Lackey struck out seven and threw a season-high 125 pitches.

Included among the Rays' seven hits were solo home runs by B.J. Upton, leading off the fourth inning, and Evan Longoria, a two-out solo shot on a 3-0 pitch in the fifth.

David Price earned the win, improving to 11-10. He went eight scoreless innings, giving up three hits and three walks with six strikeouts. He threw 116 pitches, 76 for strikes. Kyle Farnsworth pitched a scoreless ninth inning to secure the win. It was the only relief appearance for the Rays in the three games at Fenway.

It was the first time the Sox have been shut out since June 28 in Philadelphia.

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