Recap - Kelly hurt, Taz done, Sox lose

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

Another forgettable night in a long, very forgettable season.

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Joe Kelly (pictured) was lifted in the third inning with an apparent injury, Junichi Tazawa was shut down for the remainder of the season before last night's game, and the Sox bullpen faltered in extras as the visiting Red Sox fell to the Orioles 6-5 in 13 innings.

Kelly, who had earned wins in his eight previous starts, left one out into the third inning with what was called right shoulder tightness and fatigue. He was charged with four Orioles runs on five hits and a walk.

Tazawa, who has pitched in more games over the past three seasons than any other Red Sox pitcher, has struggled lately. Interim manager Torey Lovullo said that shutting Taz down now "(W)as just our way to pay him back, let him get a jumpstart on the offseason, recuperate, get strong and focus on 2016. I want to make this perfectly clear: There is no injury; there is nothing behind this other than us giving him a rest."

Dustin Pedroia had three hits for the Red Sox. Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Pablo Sandoval each had two. Travis Shaw hit his 11th home run of the year in the loss.

Jonathan Aro was the loser in relief.

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