Tampa Bay earned a split of their day/night doubleheader with the Red Sox behind a complete game performance by Jeff Niemann who held Boston to just 3 hits. Erik Bedard took the loss for the Red Sox.
The Rays jumped out to an early 2-run lead in the top of the 2nd inning, the 7th straight game that the Red Sox have fallen behind. As good as this offense is, it's tough when you're constantly having to come from behind.
Both Boston runs came courtesy of the long ball. Captain Jason Varitek and Jacoby Ellsbury hit solo shots in the 3rd and 6th innings respectively. Jed Lowrie had the other hit.
The Red Sox turned their first triple play of the season in the game, and just the team's first since John Valentin turned an unassisted triple play in 1994.
NOTES - - David Ortiz (bursitis), Marco Scutaro (back) and Kevin Youkilis (scheduled day off) all did not play. Mike Aviles started at short in both games.
The triple play was the 29th in franchise history.
Wednesday's game is scheduled for an afternoon start at Fenway, the final game of this very abbreviated home stand.
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