Sox bullpen still a mess as trade deadline looms

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

The clock continues to tick.

The Red Sox continue to roll out AAA-caliber relievers.

Photo courtesy of USA Today
The Red Sox dropped a 6-5 decision to the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, dropping them back into third place in the American League East.

It's easy to look at the bullpen - Boston used six relievers in all last night - and point the blame in that direction, but it's also fair to note that starter David Price (pictured) couldn't get out of the fifth inning, despite having a 3-1 lead when the inning started. Price was ultimately charged with four Rays runs, two of them on solo home runs.

Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi each had three hits in the loss including a two-run homer from Benintendi that gave Boston a brief 5-4 lead.

The Rays bullpen, which has had its own share of problems during the month of July (eight blown saves this month), allowed just one Boston run over 4.1 innings, and held tight when the Red Sox loaded the bases in the eighth and got the tying run to third in the bottom of the ninth.

Nathan Eovaldi struck out the side in the eighth, although he also gave up a hit and walked one batter.

The trade deadline is 4 o'clock this afternoon. What move(s) do you think the Red Sox make?

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