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BSJ Game Report: Rays 5, Red Sox 1 – Sox can’t catch break as losing streak reaches four

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All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:



Crazy fourth inning does in Sox: In the fourth inning, Tropicana Field turned into the Red Sox' House of Horrors. The Sox got two quick outs before, on a 3-and-2 pitch that appeared to be a strike, Yoshi Tsutsugo worked a walk. Joey Wendle then singled, but when Nathan Eovaldi got Hunter Renfroe to pop up to the left side. Rafael Devers drifted over and appeared ready to catch a foul popup to get Eovaldi out of the inning. But the ball struck one of the catwalks in Tropicana Field and caromed away from Devers -- in play, but foul. Given another life, Renfroe then slammed a double to center, scoring two runs. "It certainly changed things, no question,'' said Ron Roenicke. "But that's part of the game. When you're going good, those things don't happen that often. And obviously, we're not going good and you don't seem to get the breaks.''

Roenicke inclined to stick with struggling players: A number of Red Sox outfielders are struggling. Jackie Bradley Jr. snapped an 0-for-20 slump in the ninth with an infield single, but is unquestionably in one of his patented slumps. At the top of the lineup, Andrew Benintendi is just 2-for-29 for the season, and one of those two hits was a bunt. So, 12 games in, he has one full-swing hit for the season. He was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Tuesday night. "We'll continue to switch guys,'' said Roenicke. "But these guys that we know can hit, we've got to play them to get them going. So yes, I could sit them a game, but I really wouldn't want to do more than that just because I know what they can do to help this offense and when those guys are doing what I know they can. To sit them for a while doesn't help that much. I don't mind sitting them for a game. But if you sit them longer than that, then all of a sudden, what they've been working on, you can't see that transition into game and get it going.''

Innings fly by: The Red Sox managed a run in the first, had two hits in both the second and third innings -- and then seemingly