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The Red Sox bullpen allowed a single run in the seventh and a pair in the eighth to send them to a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays at the Trop.

Joe Kelly took the loss, giving up a two-run blast to Brad Miller in the eighth.

Photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox
David Price (pictured) started for Boston; he went six innings in the no-decision, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Boston had an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when leadoff hitter Mookie Betts homered off Rays starter Chris Archer. It was the eleventh career leadoff home run for Betts, the most in Red Sox history, breaking a record held by Jacoby Ellsbury.

The Rays tied the game in the bottom of the inning and then took a 2-1 lead off Price in the third.

Dustin Pedroia gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead with a two-run blast in the seventh.

Tzu-Wei Lin led Boston with three hits in the loss. Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez each had two.

The Red Sox go into the All-Star Break 3.5 games up on the New York Yankees (two games in the loss column) in the American League East standings.

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Jim Monaghan 7/09/2017 08:53:00 PM Edit
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