With their season less than tw0 weeks old, the Red Sox already have their second four-game losing streak.
The Red Sox grabbed a quick 1-0 lead in the second inning, but watched as the Tampa Bay Rays countered with five unanswered runs for a 5-1 victory at Tropicana Field.
Nathan Eovaldi was cruising for the first three innings, but a strange fourth for the Rays resulted in two runs and they added another two in the fifth.
The Sox managed just one hits from the fourth inning until the eighth before loading the bases with three straight one-out singles in the top of the ninth. But both Jose Peraza and Andrew Benintendi took called third strikes to strand three baserunners.
WHO: Red Sox (3-7) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (4-6)
WHEN: 6;40 p.m.
WHERE: Tropicana Field
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Nathan Eovladi (1-0, 2.45) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (0-1, 8.00)
TV/RADIO: NESN; WEEI 93.7 FM
9:25 After his best game of the season Sunday night in New York, it's been a rough night for Xander Bogaerts. In each of his last three at-bats, he's come to the plate with runners on base, including twice with multiple runners on. And each time, Bogaerts has fanned for the final out of the inning.
8:58 Boston bats have gone into hibernation after a strong start -- just one hit over the last four innings.
8:44 Red Sox pitchers aren't not doing a good job of keeping baserunners in check. That's three stolen bases in the last two games and Red Sox catchers haven't had a chance.
8:17 Strange play all the way around. Austin Meadows triples to right, and with no out, the Rays' third base coach sent Michael Perez, who slides in just ahead of the relay throw.
8:01 A couple of tough breaks for Eovaldi there. He had Yoshi Tsutsugo struck out, but the home plate umpire called it a ball. Then, after a single by Joey Wendle, Hunter Renfroe hit a ball that got lost when the rings at Tropicana Field, costing Eovaldi a sure pop foul out. Then, Renfroe doubled to right-center, scoring two runs.
7:58 Breaking: this ballpark is a joke.
7:54 This is the best Eovaldi has looked in his first three starts -- an overpowering fastball that he's able to spot anywhere, making the rest of his pitches that much tougher.
7:41 Terrific catch by Bradley, who raced in and made a diving catch to save a run. Bradley always goes back on balls well, but that seems like it's third of fourth time this year that Bradley has come in for an outstanding shoestring catch.
7:25 J.D. Martinez with a ground rule double to left, which cost the Sox a run. Jose Peraza would have scored, but had to hold at third.
7:14 Jackie Bradley Jr. appeared to mistime his leap in CF, as Joey Wendle drives a triple over his head.
7:01 Mitch Moreland loves hitting at the Trop. He's hit seven in his last 12 games there. Turns on a curveball running down and in and clears the wall in RF.
6:45 Through 11 games, only once have the Red Sox scored in the first inning.