It was an early morning Patriots Day start up in Boston, and while the players may have been up early the bats stayed asleep. Jeremy Hellickson took the hill today and pitched a great game for Tampa only giving up two runs on three hits in seven innings of work. Unfortunately the Red Sox countered with Ryan Dempster who was also on top of his game matching Hellicksons seven innings but only giving up one run on two hits and striking out ten Rays hitters.
As has been the story so far this year the Rays found themselves in an early whole after a Jacoby Ellisbury leadoff triple to start the game, Shane Victorino knocked him in on a ground out to second base making it a 1-0 game.
Evan Longoria had the only hard hit ball of the game as he drove a two out, solo homerun, over the green monster in the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1. However, it didn’t take long for Boston to grab the lead back. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a solo homerun to right in the bottom of the fifth to give the Sox a 2-1 lead.
The Rays would have their best scoring chance in the top of the sixth. After a pair of walks and a wild pitch Tampa Bay had first and third with one out and Longoria coming up. Evan hit a routine groundball to the shortstop and even though Longoria was hustling down the line and a bang-bang play at first that he appeared to beat out, first base umpire Angel Hernandez called him out completing the double-play and ending the threat.
Tampa would tie the game up in the ninth inning on a Desmond Jennings single followed by a stolen base and a Ben Zobrist bloop single making it 2-2. Joel Peralta looked to get the game into the tenth inning but couldn't get the job done. Dustin Pedroia scored all the from first base on a double by Mike Napoli off the green monster giving the Red Sox a 3-2 victory.
It has been a dismal road trip for the Rays as they fall to 1-5 since leaving the Trop last week and now look to turn things around as they move on to Baltimore. That series begins Tuesday as Roberto Hernandez will take on Jake Arrieta, first pitch set for 7:05 right here on 620 WDAE.