July 15, 2012

G89: Red Sox 7, Rays 3

Red Sox - 120 031 000 - 7 14  0
Rays    - 300 000 000 - 3 10  0
Mike Aviles tied the game with a two-run home run in the second.

Daniel Nava gave the Red Sox a lead with a solo shot in the fifth.

Will Middlebrooks had three hits and drove in two additional fifth-inning runs

Josh Beckett (6-8-3-2-7, 104) settled down after an uncomfortable first inning, in which he faced eight batters, hitting one and allowing four hits. Beckett retired 13 of last 16 batters he faced, from the second inning through the sixth. Beckett was dealing with dizziness and "borderline blackout periods" on the mound.

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and scored an insurance run in the sixth. He finished the series 6-for-14.

David Ortiz had two hits and a walk. He's the first Red Sox player to have at least one hit and one walk in nine consecutive games since Ted Williams in 1950.

Adrian Gonzalez (back in the lineup after missing two games with back stiffness sustained when saying hello to some f@#&ing kid at a mall) had two hits.

Alfredo Aceves walked three Rays in the ninth inning, bringing Hideki Matsui to the plate as the potential tying run with two outs. Shemp lofted an easy fly to right field for the final out.

Boston heads home to play four games against Kevin Youkilis and the White Sox, starting tomorrow night. It looks like Carl Crawford will be in the Red Sox lineup.
Josh Beckett / James Shields
Ellsbury, CF
Nava, LF
Ortiz, DH
Gonzalez, 1B
Ross, RF
Saltalamacchia, C
Middlebrooks, 3B
Aviles, SS
Ciriaco, 2B
Junichi Tazawa is being called up for today's game and Scott Atchison is apparently going on the disdabled list.

The Red Sox have lost 11 of their last 15 games, scoring three or fewer runs in nine of the last 11 games. ... David Ortiz has at least one walk in eight consecutive games. ... Daniel Nava is in a 7-for-60 (.117) slump.

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