Red Sox road trip begins the way the homestand ended

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

A misplayed pop fly that may or may not have hit a wire in the Tropicana Dome helped the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Red Sox 5-3 in the opening game of a 9-game road trip.

The Rays scored all 5 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning with 2 coming on a pop fly that first baseman Mike Napoli either lost in the ceiling or was deflected by hitting a wire.

David Ortiz got the Red Sox rolling in the top of the 1st inning with a 3-run homer, his 5th of the season. It would basically amount to the entire Red Sox offense. They struck out 12 times and left 10 runners on base.

John Lackey (pictured) was charged with all 5 Tampa Bay runs in 4.1 innings. He allowed 9 hits, walked 1 and struck out 3.

Matt Moore became the first 7-game winner in the American League.

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