Rays rally late to work their way past Red Sox
BOSTON -- The Rays staged a late-game comeback to avoid a weekend sweep -- and their fourth consecutive loss -- by defeating the Red Sox, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.
As Tampa Bay trailed, 3-2, with one out in the eighth, Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI ground-rule double off Junichi Tazawa tied the score. James Loney, who had an RBI double earlier, followed with a single to center to give the Rays the lead.
"[The fastball to Loney] probably wasn't a bad pitch," Tazawa said through a translator. "But I still take responsibility. I did give up the lead. So I'll prepare and do my best in my next outing."
Brandon Guyer led off the game with a home run against Wade Miley. The Red Sox answered by scoring twice against Jake Odorizzi in the bottom half of the inning via an RBI double by Hanley Ramirez and an RBI single by Mike Napoli. David Ortiz later added an RBI double in the third.
"Offensively, Guyer got us on the board early, big hit," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Cabby had a huge day, James Loney, huge day. Key hits in key situations off a couple of their late-inning relievers."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Quality by Odorizzi: Odorizzi continues to be as consistent as anybody on the Rays' staff. On Sunday, he experienced a rough spot when he allowed two runs in the first, but he adjusted and allowed only one run in his next five innings to earn his 11th quality start of the season.
Tazawa tagged for two: The Red Sox squandered just their second quality start in the last seven games when Tazawa blew a one-run lead in the eighth. The right-hander has allowed 16 hits, including nine extra-base knocks, over his last nine appearances.
"We felt like things were going to set up good with Taz in the eighth and Koji [Uehara] in the ninth," manager John Farrell said. "Credit them for putting some good at-bats together on Taz. Seemingly, the confidence that's in him is as high as anyone on our staff coming in to games late, even in tight situations. So it was setting up well.
"Once again today, we're able to score some runs early, give ourselves a little bit of breathing room. Wade gave us everything he had and more. But in that spot in the eighth, the two runs is obviously the difference." More >
McGee vs. Napoli: Trying to protect a 4-3 lead, Jake McGee faced Mike Napoli, his Friday night nemesis, with one out in the eighth and a runner on first. The Red Sox slugger hit a game-winning two-run homer off McGee in the opening game of the series. This time, McGee came away the winner, striking out Napoli with a rare curveball for the second out before striking out Travis Shaw to end the inning. More >
Wade doesn't fade: With the Red Sox reluctant to use their overworked bullpen, Miley tried to give them a breather by working 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball on a career-high 120 pitches. He retired six of the final seven batters he faced and left to applause from the Fenway crowd after a Kevin Kiermaier triple chased him from the game.
"You want to be out there. It's no fun sitting down," Miley said. "We've got five days before we get to go out and compete again. The longer we get to stay out there, the better. It's never fun to come out of the game."
HANLEY SHAKEN UP
The Red Sox pulled Ramirez from the game when the left fielder suffered a minor knee injury during his eighth-inning at-bat against McGee. Ramirez, who singled during the at-bat and finished 2-for-4, was inspected by a member of the Boston training staff before Alejandro De Aza replaced him as a pinch-runner.
"He tweaked his knee on that previous swing to the base hit," Farrell said. "He should be good to go for Tuesday, but it was a little bit of a zinger, and [we] just got him off his feet."
"It was a battle just between me and them all day, and I thought I did a pretty good job of managing my way through it, to be honest with you." -- Odorizzi, on his battle with the Red Sox
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• The Rays earned their 20th come-from-behind win of the season. In three of their last five wins at Fenway, the Rays have trailed after seven innings.
• The Red Sox suffered their second loss of the season when leading after seven innings. They entered the game 39-1 in those scenarios.
Rays: Nathan Karns (6-5, 3.37 ERA) will make his 21st start -- against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday at 8:10 p.m. ET -- after holding the Tigers to one run on three hits over six innings Monday to earn his sixth win of the season. Karns has made 15 starts in which he's allowed two runs or fewer.
Red Sox: Boston travels to the Bronx and begins a three-game series against the Yankees on Tuesday night at 7:05 ET. Left-hander Henry Owens, ranked as the club's No. 5 prospect by MLB.com, will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his Major League debut.
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