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BSJ Game Report: Rays 5, Red Sox 4 – After rallying back, Sox let one get away

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All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 5-4 loss to the Rays, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:



Eovaldi returns to the mound: For the first time since Aug. 20, Nathan Eovaldi made a start for the Red Sox. It didn't begin well, with Rays leadoff hitter Austin Meadows working the count full before homering deep to right to put Eovaldi in a quick hole. But Eovaldi, who admitted to being a little hyper in the first, settled down after that. He allowed just two more hits over his three innings of work, and finished strong, retiring six of the last seven he faced, including three by strikeout. Eovaldi, having thrown 40 pitches, wanted to go back out for another inning, but the team wanted to limit him in his first appearance in more than three weeks. The trick next year, of course, will be trying to keep Eovaldi healthy for the entire season, something he's seldom been able to achieve -- much to his own frustration.

Sox run wild: You know it's a funky night when the Red Sox rack up six stolen bases -- two shy of the franchise record first set more than 100 years ago and the most for the team in a single game since 2010. The Sox noted before the game that Tyler Glasnow, all 6-foot-8, has a long delivery and doesn't get rid of the ball quickly. Duly noted. Alex Verdugo, who led off the game with an infield single, promptly stole second. Xander Bogaerts drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, then proceeded to steal second and third. Later that inning, Jackie Bradley Jr. swiped second. Michael Chavis and Bradley, again, stole bags in the fifth and seventh, respectively. Ron Roenicke expressed some disappointment after the game that the Sox haven't run more in 2020. "I've been wanting to run and I don't know why we're a little hesitant this year,'' he said. "We don't have any true 50-bases a year guys, but we have some guys who can run and I think we need to take advantage of some guys who have higher leg kicks when we can.''