After yesterday's nearly six hour game that saw the Red Sox score 6 runs without recording an out, Boston again had an easy time scoring early, and trouble scoring late. It didn't help that Jon Lester continued his slide, walking 7 batters to bring his ERA up over 4. Lester now has a 6.90 ERA over the last five starts, when in his first nine starts he had a 2.72 ERA. Weak hitting combined with poor starting pitching is a recipe for disaster, and after nine innings, Boston drops this game 8-3. Here are the four at bats that changed the game.
The Rays take game two of the series, and now have hit four homeruns in back to back games. Because of players on the disabled list and the long game Monday night, Boston will pitch Alfredo Aceves to match up against the Ray's Chris Archer at 7:10pm in Florida.