Sox' uninspiring play continues, fall to Rays, 9-2


Sox' uninspiring play continues, fall to Rays, 9-2

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

If the Red Sox were hoping to set the tone for their showdown series with the Tampa Bay Rays, they sure had a funny way of going about it Thursday night.

In the first game of a four game set, the Red Sox fell flat, thumped by the Rays, 9-2. The loss moved the Rays back to within three games of the Sox in the standings with 13 games remaining.

It was Tampa's sixth straight win over the Red Sox this season and fourth in the last seven days following a sweep at Tropicana Field last weekend.

Evan Longoria's three-run homer into the home bullpen in right in the third inning was all the offense the Rays would need. Longoria's belt came off starter Kyle Weiland, who lasted just three-plus innings.

Casey Kotchman added a two-run homer off Franklin Morales in the sixth while B.J. Upton belted a two-run shot off Matt Albers in the seventh.

The Red Sox first run came in the third when Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a single, to third on a wild pitch and home on a groundout by Adrian Gonzalez.

They added a second in the ninth when a Darnell McDonald single up the middle scored Joey Gathright.

The loss was the 11th in the last 14 games for the slumping Sox.

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Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:


"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.



* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.


1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.