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BSJ Game Report: Rays 9, Red Sox 5 – Another drubbing at the hands of Tampa Bay

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All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 9-5 loss to the Rays, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:



Freaky defensive plays cost Sox: It was evident early on that this wasn't going to be the Red Sox night. In the first inning, with the bases loaded and one out, Joey Wendle hit a ball to Michael Chavis at first. Chavis had a play at the plate on Brandon Lowe, but the ball was stuck in the web of his glove and Chavis couldn't dislodge it and had to settle for the out at first as Lowe crossed the plate. Then, in the second inning, Austin Meadows hit a routine fly ball to right. Right fielder Kevin Pillar, however, lost the ball in the twilight, breaking back to the warning track instead of coming in. What should have been the third out instead allowed Meadows to reach, and wouldn't you know it, Lowe then followed with a two-run homer to right. So, three of the four Tampa Bay runs scored on fluke plays and what should have been a relatively close game soon became a blowout.

Weber sharp in return: Ryan Weber, with three straight poor starts, was optioned to the alternate training site Saturday, but was brought back Wednesday when the Sox had a vacant roster spot. Weber took over for starter Zach Godley and tossed six innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits while fanning four and walking no one. Weber threw a couple of side sessions while in Pawtucket and focused on his cutter, which he threw more often and with more success. But Ron Roenicke attributed the improvement more to mental issues. "He looked so good in relief, maybe it's better to have in long relief like that,'' Roenicke said. "That's the guy that we saw in spring training, that was commanding all of his pitches and had tremendous movement on his pitches. He certainly should gain some confidence.

Benintendi likely out for a while: When the Red Sox announced that Andrew Benintendi was going on the 10-day IL mid-afternoon with a right rib cage strain, Roenicke was hopeful that the 10 days would be enough and he would be back with the club relatively soon. But with additional testing done later in the day, Roenicke wasn't