ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Hoping for a sweep of their weekend series here, the Red Sox bats were silenced by the Tampa Bay Rays, managing just three hits in a 3-2 defeat.
The Sox were without a hit – and had just one baserunner – through five innings. In the sixth, Brock Holt drew a leadoff walk against Rays starter Jake Odorizzi. Jackie Bradley Jr. then cranked a two-run shot into the seats in right to tie the game at 2-2.
But the tie didn’t last long. After Eduardo Rodriguez set down the first two hitters in the bottom of the inning, Jesus Sucre homered deep to left.
The Rays had nicked Rodriguez for solo runs in the first and fifth. In the first, a fielding error by Rafael Devers – his third in as many games – opened the door for the first run. Even Longoria singled home a run with the bases loaded on an infield hit to short in the fifth.
David Price, pitching for the first time since July 22, make his first regular season relief appearance in seven years and retired all six hitters he faced over two innings, needing 21 pitches while recording two strikeouts.
GAME NO.: 149 WHO: Red Sox (85-63) vs Tampa Bay Rays (72-77) WHEN: 1:10 p.m. WHERE: Tropicana Field TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI (93.7 FM) PITCHERS: Eduardo Rodriguez (5-5, 4.19) vs. Jake Odorizzi (8-8, 4.52) BOX SCORE: MLB Gameday
SERIES TO DATE: This represents the final game of the series and the final meeting of the season between the teams. The Red Sox have won the first two and own an 11-7 edge in the season series to date. A win today would give the Sox a sweep for the second straight time at Tropicana Field.