By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com 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.