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Rodney Loses Control And Red Sox Rally In 9th, Defeat Rays 4-3

[1]These are the games that sting. These are the games that a team will look back on at the end of the year and wonder what if. To have two of these games against division rivals in the same 10 day period – brutal.

The Rays 10-game home stands ends the way it began with Fernando Rodney [2] getting to within 1 strike of a Rays victory and giving up the go ahead runs. Last Monday with two outs the villain was J.P. Arencibia [3] who was down to his last strike before depositing a  Rodney fastball into the seats to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 8-7 victory.

Tonight Rodney could not locate his fastball and worked himself into a jam by walking the bases loaded. With 2-out he had Will Middlebrooks [4] down to his last strike but he sent a line drive double by left fielder Matt Joyce to clear the bases and give the Red Sox a 4-3 lead.

Fernando Rodney [2] (1-2, 5.28 ERA) worked 0.2 innings allowing 3R/ER on 1 hit while walking three. With the loss the Rays record falls back to .500 at 20-20 on the season. Junichi Tawzawa (3-2, 2.95 ERA) worked the final two innings for the Red Sox to earn the victory and the Red Sox record improves to 24-17 .

Alex Cobb [5] gave the Rays the type of start they needed working 6.1 innings allowing just 1R/ER on 3 hits while striking out 6 and walking 2. Jake McGee [6] got the final two outs in the 7th and Joel Peralta [7] worked a perfect eighth inning to hand the ball over to Fernando Rodney. Rodney only recorded two outs in the eighth before being lifted for Alex Torres [8] to record the last out.

Felix Doubront [9] started for the Red Sox and worked the 5+ innings allowing 2R/ER on 3 hits striking out 7 and walking 6. He was relieved by Clayton Mortensen [10] who allowed 1R/ER on 1 hit and 2 walks. Andrew Miller [11] worked 0.2 scoreless innings,  Craig Breslow [12] worked a scoreless inning, and Tawzawa the final two frames.

The Rays jumped ahead 1-0 on a Ryan Roberts [13] home run in the bottom of the 2nd.

The Red Sox tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the 4th on a David Ortiz [14] single that scored Shane Victorino [15].

The Rays took a 3-1 lead on back to back bases loaded singles by Desmond Jennings [16] and Luke Scott [17].

The Rays depart tonight for Baltimore for a weekend series with the Orioles.