Rays go down hard again at Boston, 13-5
The Rays dropped their third straight game on Saturday, a 13-5 loss that evened their season record at 4-4.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson insisted there were no after-effects of being hit on the head by a ball during batting practice Wednesday, but he pitched like something was amiss, allowing five runs over five innings on seven hits, three of the home runs.
The Rays took a 4-0 lead when Luke Scott marked his return to the lineup with a three-run homer in the first, and led 5-2 after three innings after Scott just missed a second homer and doubled high off the wall.
But Hellickson gave it back, as the Sox tied it in the fifth, and relivers Burke Badenhop and J.P. Howell gave it up.
By the end of the long afternoon, the Rays allowed eight more runs in the seventh and eighth as newly promoted reliever Dane De La Rosa also struggled.
Offensively, the Rays had only six hits, none after the fifth inning, their last 14 batters going down in order.