Red Sox blow lead in 9th, lose to Rays 7-4
The Boston Red Sox lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 on Thursday night, surrendering a three-run lead in the 9th inning. The Rays comeback began when Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey allowed four hits and a walk to start the 9th before Vicente Padilla came on and gave up a three-run walk-off home run to Rays center fielder BJ Upton.
Bailey put the loss squarely on his shoulders after the game, telling the Providence Journal, “There’s nothing that I did right that inning. It’s inexcusable. I’ve got to find a way to get out of that inning.”
The Red Sox defeat put them at 83 losses for the season and spoiled a stellar outing from starting pitcher Clay Bucholz, who went seven shutout innings and allowed only four hits.
Boston ended its seven-game road trip with a 4-3 record and on Friday night, the team gets set to begin their final homestand of the season against the Baltimore Orioles, according to ESPNBoston.com.
Tampa Bay, who now sits 5.5 games back from Baltimore for the American League’s second wild card spot, will play the Toronto Blue Jays at home this weekend.