Bedard Solid Effort But Bullpen & Offense Flat In Loss
The Tampa Bay Rays (11-16) lost to the Boston Red Sox (13-14) by a final score of 7-4. Brandon Gomes took the loss to drop to 1-1 on the year and John Lackey earned the victory to boost his record to 4-2. Koje Uehara came in to pick up his sixth save on the year.
The Rays starting pitcher failed to deliver a quality start (6 or more innings pitched with 3 or fewer earned runs) for the 18th time this season and they are 3-15 in those games.
Erik Bedard gave the Rays five innings of work allowing just one earned run before turning the ball over to Brandon Gomes with the score tied at 1-1 in the sixth inning. By the end of hte inning the Red Sox scored four runs and grabbed a 6-1 lead.
Brandon Gomes walked the first two hitters before retiring Xander Boegarts on a fly ball to left. Juan Carlos Oviedo came in and allowed a RBI single to A.J. Pierzynski, a RBI double to Will Middlebrooks, a 2-RBI double to Jackie Bradley Jr., and a RBI double to Shane Victorino.
The Rays cut the lead to 6-2 on a Ryan Hanigan double in the 7th inning for his 15th RBI on the season. With the RBI he became the Rays franchise leader for catchers in RBI for the month of April breaking John Flaherty‘s mark set in 1999.
Josh Lueke came in to work a a scoreless seventh inning and Joel Peralta came in to work the eighth inning. After retiring the leadoff hitter he allowed consecutive singles to Dustin Pedroia, Shane Victorino, and David Ortiz. Pedroia came in to score on Ortiz’s single and the Red Sox pushed their lead to 7-2.
Mike Napoli hit a ground ball to Yunel Escobar who fed Ben Zobrist to start the double play but Zobrist dropped the ball on the transfer to extend the inning. Peralta struck out Jonny Gomes to end the inning.
The Rays rallied for two runs in the top of the 9th by getting the first two runners on base on Edward Mujica. James Loney led off with a double and Wil Myers walked. David DeJesus grounded out to short but both Loney and Myers advanced into scoring position.
Yunel Escobar singled to shortstop Xander Boegarts who threw the ball wildly allowing Myers to score from 2nd and Escobar to advance into scoring position. After retiring Ryan Hanigan on a fly ball to right field Red Sox Manager John Farrell called on Koji Uehara who struck out Ben Zobrist on three pitches to pick up his sixth save on the season.